About the Study

Self-harm among adolescents and young adults is a current problem and few treatments are currently available. Our previous research suggested that N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a nutritional supplement with antioxidant effects, may be helpful for self-harm. The purpose of this study is to find out how NAC works by measuring its antioxidant effects in the brain. 

We are no longer recruiting for this study.

Who can participate?

  • Assigned female at birth
  • 16-24 years of age
  • Current self-harm

What will this study involve?

  • 2 in-person visits
  • Clinical assessment
  • MRI brain scans
  • Blood samples
  • Take tablets twice a day of NAC or placebo for 4 weeks
  • Online surveys once a week


Picture of young woman
Picture of glass of water and 2 pills
MRI Scanner
MRI Scanner
Images of Brain Scan
MRI Brain Images