Young Women and Girls Are Self-Harming at an Increasing Rate

Young Women and Girls Are Self-Harming at an Increasing Rate

Since 2009, the number of young girls harming themselves has been increasing at an alarming rate. Now doctors, parents, and peers are working together to fight the increase. “I think the best strategy for parents is to approach their child when they are calm and when the child is calm, and look for an opportunity to raise the concern and really asked the question directly of, ‘Are you harming yourself? Are you thinking about suicide?’” explained attending psychologist at Seattle Children's, Dr. Molly Adrian.

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