ICD-10 Code T41.3X2

Poisoning by local anesthetics, intentional self-harm

Version 2019 Replaced Code Non-Billable Code Poisoning Intentional

Not Valid for Submission

T41.3X2 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of poisoning by local anesthetics, intentional self-harm. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10: T41.3X2
Short Description:Poisoning by local anesthetics, intentional self-harm
Long Description:Poisoning by local anesthetics, intentional self-harm

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • T41.3X2A - Poisoning by local anesthetics, intentional self-harm, initial encounter
  • T41.3X2D - Poisoning by local anesthetics, intentional self-harm, subsequent encounter
  • T41.3X2S - Poisoning by local anesthetics, intentional self-harm, sequela

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2020 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2019. This code was replaced for the FY 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020).

  • K59.03 - Drug induced constipation

Code Classification

  • Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00–T98)
    • Poisoning by, adverse effect of and underdosing of drugs, medicaments and biological substances (T36-T50)
      • Anesthetics and therapeutic gases (T41)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (first year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA mandated code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Medical Professionals

Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Benzocaine overdose
  • Benzocaine poisoning
  • Bupivacaine overdose
  • Bupivacaine poisoning
  • Cinchocaine overdose
  • Cinchocaine poisoning
  • Intentional benzocaine overdose
  • Intentional benzocaine poisoning
  • Intentional bupivacaine overdose
  • Intentional bupivacaine poisoning
  • Intentional cinchocaine overdose
  • Intentional cinchocaine poisoning
  • Intentional lidocaine overdose
  • Intentional lidocaine poisoning
  • Intentional local cocaine overdose
  • Intentional overdose by cocaine
  • Intentional oxybuprocaine overdose
  • Intentional oxybuprocaine poisoning
  • Intentional peripheral nerve and plexus-blocking anesthetic poisoning
  • Intentional prilocaine overdose
  • Intentional prilocaine poisoning
  • Intentional procaine overdose
  • Intentional procaine poisoning
  • Intentional proxymetacaine overdose
  • Intentional proxymetacaine poisoning
  • Intentional psychostimulant overdose
  • Intentional spinal anesthetic poisoning
  • Intentional tetracaine poisoning
  • Lidocaine overdose
  • Local cocaine overdose
  • Oxybuprocaine overdose
  • Oxybuprocaine poisoning
  • Poisoning by lidocaine
  • Poisoning by peripheral nerve AND/OR plexus-blocking anesthetic
  • Poisoning by procaine
  • Poisoning by spinal anesthetic
  • Poisoning by tetracaine
  • Prilocaine overdose
  • Prilocaine poisoning
  • Procaine overdose
  • Proxymetacaine overdose
  • Proxymetacaine poisoning

Table of Drugs and Chemicals

The code T41.3X2 is included in the Table of Drugs and Chemicals, this table contains a classification of drugs, industrial solvents, corrosive gases, noxious plants, pesticides, and other toxic agents. Each substance in the table is assigned a code according to the poisoning classification and external causes of adverse effects. Use as many codes as necessary to describe all reported drugs, medicinal or chemical substances.

Substance Poisoning
Accidental
(unintentional)
Poisoning
Accidental
self-harm
Poisoning
Assault
Poisoning
Undetermined
Adverse
effect
Underdosing
AmethocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Amethocaine
  »regional
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Amethocaine
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Amyleine, regionalT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Amylocaine, regionalT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Amylocaine, regional
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Amylocaine, regional
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Amylocaine, regional
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Amylocaine, regional
  »topical (surface)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
AnesthesiaT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »caudal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »endotracheal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »epidural
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »inhalation
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »local
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »mucosal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »muscle relaxation
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »nerve blocking
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »plexus blocking
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »potentiated
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »rectal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »rectal
    »general
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »rectal
    »local
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »regional
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Anesthesia
  »surface
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
AptocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
ArticaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
BenoxinateT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
BenzamineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Benzamine
  »lactate
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
BenzocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
BetoxycaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
BlockainT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Blockain
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Blockain
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Blockain
  »topical (surface)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
BupivacaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Bupivacaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Bupivacaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Bupivacaine
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
ButacaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
ButambenT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
ButanilicaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
ButynT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
CarbocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Carbocaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Carbocaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Carbocaine
  »topical (surface)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
ChloroprocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Chloroprocaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Chloroprocaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Chloroprocaine
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
CinchocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Cinchocaine
  »topical (surface)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
CitanestT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Citanest
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Citanest
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
CyclaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
CyclomethycaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
DibucaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Dibucaine
  »topical (surface)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
DimethocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
DiperodonT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
DorsacaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
DycloneT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
DyclonineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
EndocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
EPABT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Ethocaine (infiltration) (topical)T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Ethocaine (infiltration) (topical)
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Ethocaine (infiltration) (topical)
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
EtidocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Etidocaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Etidocaine
  »nerve (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
EucaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
HexylcaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
LeucinocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
LidocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Lidocaine
  »regional
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Lidocaine
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
LignocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Lignocaine
  »regional
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Lignocaine
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
MarcaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Marcaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Marcaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
MepivacaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Mepivacaine
  »epidural
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
MeprylcaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
MetabutethamineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
MetycaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Metycaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Metycaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Metycaine
  »topical (surface)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
NesacaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Nesacaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Nesacaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Novocain (infiltration) (topical)T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Novocain (infiltration) (topical)
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Novocain (infiltration) (topical)
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Nupercaine (spinal anesthetic)T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Nupercaine (spinal anesthetic)
  »topical (surface)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
OphthaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
OphtheticT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
OrthocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
OxetacaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
OxethazineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
OxybuprocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Percaine (spinal)T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Percaine (spinal)
  »topical (surface)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
PhenacaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
PiperocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Piperocaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Piperocaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Piperocaine
  »topical (surface)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Pitkin's solutionT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Pontocaine (hydrochloride) (infiltration) (topical)T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Pontocaine (hydrochloride) (infiltration) (topical)
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Pontocaine (hydrochloride) (infiltration) (topical)
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
PrilocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Prilocaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Prilocaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Prilocaine
  »regional
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
ProcaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Procaine
  »benzylpenicillin
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Procaine
  »nerve block (periphreal) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Procaine
  »penicillin G
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Procaine
  »regional
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Procaine
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
ProparacaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
PropitocaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Propitocaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Propitocaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
PropoxycaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Propoxycaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Propoxycaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Propoxycaine
  »topical (surface)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
ProxymetacaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
QuotaneT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
StovaineT41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Stovaine
  »infiltration (subcutaneous)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Stovaine
  »nerve block (peripheral) (plexus)
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Stovaine
  »spinal
T41.3X1T41.3X2T41.3X3T41.3X4T41.3X5T41.3X6
Stovaine
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Tetracaine
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Tetracaine
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Tetracaine
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Xylocaine (infiltration) (topical)
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Information for Patients


Poisoning

A poison is any substance that is harmful to your body. You might swallow it, inhale it, inject it, or absorb it through your skin. Any substance can be poisonous if too much is taken. Poisons can include

  • Prescription or over-the-counter medicines taken in doses that are too high
  • Overdoses of illegal drugs
  • Carbon monoxide from gas appliances
  • Household products, such as laundry powder or furniture polish
  • Pesticides
  • Indoor or outdoor plants
  • Metals such as lead and mercury

The effects of poisoning range from short-term illness to brain damage, coma, and death. To prevent poisoning it is important to use and store products exactly as their labels say. Keep dangerous products where children can't get to them. Treatment for poisoning depends on the type of poison. If you suspect someone has been poisoned, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away.


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Self-Harm

What is self-harm?

Self-harm, or self-injury, is when a person hurts his or her own body on purpose. The injuries may be minor, but sometimes they can be severe. They may leave permanent scars or cause serious health problems. Some examples are

  • Cutting yourself (such as using a razor blade, knife, or other sharp object to cut your skin)
  • Punching yourself or punching things (like a wall)
  • Burning yourself with cigarettes, matches, or candles
  • Pulling out your hair
  • Poking objects through body openings
  • Breaking your bones or bruising yourself

Self-harm is not a mental disorder. It is a behavior - an unhealthy way to cope with strong feelings. However, some of the people who harm themselves do have a mental disorder.

People who harm themselves are usually not trying to kill themselves. But they are at higher risk of attempting suicide if they do not get help.

Why do people harm themselves?

There are different reasons why people harm themselves. Often, they have trouble coping and dealing with their feelings. They harm themselves to try to

  • Make themselves feel something, when they feel empty or numb inside
  • Block upsetting memories
  • Show that they need help
  • Release strong feelings that overwhelm them, such as anger, loneliness, or hopelessness
  • Punish themselves
  • Feel a sense of control

Who is at risk for self-harm?

There are people of all ages who harm themselves, but it usually starts in the teen or early adult years. Self-harm is more common in people who

  • Were abused or went through a trauma as children
  • Have mental disorders, such as
    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Certain personality disorders
  • Abuse drugs or alcohol
  • Have friends who self-harm
  • Have low self-esteem

What are the signs of self-harm?

Signs that someone may be hurting themselves include

  • Having frequent cuts, bruises, or scars
  • Wearing long sleeves or pants even in hot weather
  • Making excuses about injuries
  • Having sharp objects around for no clear reason

How can I help someone who self-harms?

If someone you know is self-harming, it is important not to be judgmental. Let that person know that you want to help. If the person is a child or teenager, ask him or her to talk to a trusted adult. If he or she won't do that, talk to a trusted adult yourself. If the person who is self-harming is an adult, suggest mental health counseling.

What the treatments are for self-harm?

There are no medicines to treat self-harming behaviors. But there are medicines to treat any mental disorders that the person may have, such as anxiety and depression. Treating the mental disorder may weaken the urge to self-harm.

Mental health counseling or therapy can also help by teaching the person

  • Problem-solving skills
  • New ways to cope with strong emotions
  • Better relationship skills
  • Ways to strengthen self-esteem

If the problem is severe, the person may need more intensive treatment in a psychiatric hospital or a mental health day program.


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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.