Is self-destructive behavior stupid

STAR - Self-harming behavior: mechanisms, intervention, termination

Non-suicidal self-harming behavior (NSSV), defined as the repetitive, deliberate destruction of one's own body tissue without suicidal intention, represents a major health risk for adolescents and young adults in Germany, with a lifetime prevalence of 35% for NSSV. NSSV is often found accompanying various mental illnesses, although it remains unclear why some patients end NSSV independently and other patients have a more severe course. There is very little research on how to help young people who want to quit NSSV. By better understanding what factors contribute to NSSI termination, we aim to identify pathways that will lead to recovery from NSSI for both clinical practitioners and future research. In addition, identifying factors that adolescents with NSSI experience as supportive can support future prevention strategies. With this in mind, approaches to disseminating knowledge about how to adequately address and deal with NSSV among adolescents are tested by primary care providers from the medical profession. These approaches are based on the recently published German AWMF (Association of Scientific Medical Societies) guidelines.