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Adolescent self-poisoners were followed up 3 months after taking an overdose. High levels of psychopathology were found, with 72% (18/25) of the adolescents having a diagnosable psychiatric disorder and 48% (12/25) major depression. All the adolescents were offered follow-up treatment from health or social services. Compliance with treatment was very high. Seventy-two per cent of the adolescents found treatment useful to them. The adolscents received a generally sympathetic response from their significant others. Fifty-four per cent of the adolescents thought that their overdose had resulted overall in improvements to their lives but 44% would consider taking an overdose again in similar circumstances.

Original publication




Journal article


J Adolesc

Publication Date





209 - 218


Adolescent, Attitude, Child, Comorbidity, Depressive Disorder, Drug Overdose, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, Patient Compliance, Patient Satisfaction, Suicide, Attempted