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Self-inflicted injury and self-poisoning are major causes of hospital admission of young adults throughout the United Kingdom, while in Scotland, suicide is the leading cause of death each year in persons aged 15 to 40 years.
Because of the stigma and lack of readily available information about self-injury, people who resort to this method of coping often receive treatment from physicians (particularly in emergency rooms) and mental-health professionals that can actually make their lives worse instead of better. Self-injurers also will often withdraw from all potential sources of help, living in secrecy and fear. This leads to a very isolated existence, wherein a person will never get close to another out of fear of their secret being discovered and the judgement that may follow.
Self-injury has an immediate effect, creating instant relief, but it is only temporary; the underlying emotional issues still remain. In time, self-injury can become a person's automatic response