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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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CASTRO MORALES, Jorge. Non suicidal self-injury in Peruvian adolescents. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2014, vol.77, n.4, pp.226-235. ISSN 0034-8597.

A psychopathological and diagnostic approach regarding non suicidal self-injury is proposed as a result of an exploratory study of a group of ten Peruvian adolescents suffering that condition. The DSM 5 status for this category is taken into account, as well as its relationship with entities like suicidal behavior and the borderline personality disorder diagnosis. On the basis of a cognitive-behavioral formulation, the meaning of this self damaging pathology in terms of automatic and social reinforcement, both positive and negative, is elucidated in order to clarify further developments. One of them being the use of Ellis’ irrational beliefs as a tool to evaluate the sense of reality of the patients. Some comments about Linehan’s dialectical behavioral psychotherapy, Bateman’s mentalizing and aripiprazole or selective serotonine reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in the treatment of these patients are proposed

Keywords : Non suicidal self-injury; suicidality; borderline personality disorder; DSM-5; cognitive behavioral psychotherapy; aripiprazole; SSRIs.

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