Girls With ADHD at High Risk for Self-Injury

 ADHD In the News 09-17-2020

Recent studies constitute a clarion call for clinicians to routinely screen adolescents with ADHD for nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and its risk factors, Judit Balazs, MD, PhD, said at the virtual congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. She was lead author of one of these studies, which drew a remarkable and disturbing conclusion: "We found — and it's a very alarming result — that more than 70% of those people who had ADHD and [nonsuicidal self-injury] were girls. The girls with ADHD seem to be a high-risk population," observed Dr. Balazs.