A study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine found an array of conditions such as diabetes, asthma and epilepsy may increase the odds of self-harm and suicide in some people. "It is important for physicians, general practitioners and mental health workers to be aware of the physical disorders that are associated with an increased risk of self-harm so that at-risk individuals may be better identified and can be monitored for any psychiatric symptoms and mental distress," the study authors concluded.

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