Teenagers "self-harm" to cope with stress

January 29, 2008

About 18% of teens willingly hurt themselves "as a way of dealing with depression and anxiety," according to new research.  Girls are more than twice as likely (21%) to exhibit this behaviour as are boys (9%).  Cutting is the most common form of self-injury, followed by burning, scratching, hitting and minor overdoses.  The behaviour is considered an attempt to deal with stress, rather than to commit suicide.