Depression in Deliberate Self Harm Patients

One hundred consecutively admitted deliberate self-harm patients were studied. By using DSM III-Rcriteria for Major Depressive Episode (MDE) 38 were found to have major depressive disorder. Among them 27 were severe, 9 were moderate and only 2 were mild according to HRSD score which were entirely consistent with severity grading
recorded by DSM III-A. Another 48 showed evidence of depressive symptoms which may be due to extreme subjective distress. All the depressed self-harm patients had depressed mood and almost all of them expressive somatization. Only 5 depressed self harm patients were getting psychiatric treatment which indicate lack of awareness about the existence of depression…


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