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How Many Teenagers Commit Suicide
TOO MANY: Essentially teens are being driven mad by school and/or their parents as they struggle to form an identity, and to separate and individuate. In addition to raging hormones and feelings of not being prepared for adulthood, feelings are often not verbalized. They are bottled up and result in acting out, occasionally with tragic results and death. ...Read more
Just one is too many: We don't have an exact number. In the US suicide is the third leading cause of death amongst teenagers and adolescents. A British study reported 44% of suicides occurring in kids 10 to 14 was caused by bullying. Those bullied often remain silent until the emotional trauma is eventually no longer tolerable. Cyberbullying is a particularly malignant form of bullying. ...Read more
Psychiatry can help: The human mind-body is not static. The body, thoughts and feelings are constantly changing. Talk therapy has helped many people to change their mind about suicide. In addition, a psychiatrist can prescribe medications which can be helpful for deep depression. Change is always possible. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Too many: The usa needs a modern view of psychiatric wellness as well as symptoms. Let's skip the drama. ...Read more
There are: 10 - 20 million suicide attempts a year as well as 800.000 - 1 million suicides a year. It is a very serious problem worldwide. Often the attempts are cries for help that can trigger much needed psychotherapy which can prevent suicides and help people go on to lead healthy productive lives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Although major depression and bipolar depression are frequently implicated in suicide, people who are abusing prescription medications or recreational drugs certainly commit suicide also. So do people who are despairing for other reasons - not a full depression, but decision to end life. Panic disorder can also become so anguishing that the person commits suicide as well. These are just a few. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: Likely a much higher number than anyone knows. Many teens/kids don't leave details when they commit suicide, so many people don't know the why? Were they bullied - perhaps. But as often as we know they were, there are probably more that were bullied and never confided that fact to anyone and suffered in silence. It is a very sad and deadly situation that these kid's emotional needs are ignored. ...Read more
Not related: Depression & suicide have nothing to do with education & intelligence. Many uneducated people commit suicide. Many highly educated people commit suicide. It is usually problems in one's personal and/or occupational life that causes stress & people often have difficulties coping, resolving, or mitigating this stress leading to depression. Suicide is just the most extreme adverse reaction to it. ...Read more
It happens: As a pathologist, the emotional autopsy following a homicide or suicide is part of our work. Bullying is deplorable and the fact that we ignored it for centuries or considered it "part of building character" is equally deplorable. Despite all the attention it is rightly getting, i believe that more child / teen suicides result from emotional or physical abuse by parents than by peers. ...Read more
Emergency evaluation: Someone who tried to commit suicide needs to be seen in an emergency room to be treated first for any damage caused by their attempt. Once medically stable they need psychiatric evaluation to review the crisis leading to the attempt, and whether inpatient treatment is needed. The person may be hospitalized for more reliable diagnosis, and a start at treating the underlying problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several reasons: When a sub-culture accepts that men should be more powerful than and control women, harming them to maintain control becomes acceptable. If violence was witnessed as a child, a man may believe it is ok. Some men believe that it is part of "being a man." if a man was traumatized by violence as a child, he may not have skills to manage anger or his own behavior. He could be mentally ill. ...Read more
THEY HELP: Treating depression is more than just giving meds. A therapist should help you expand your understanding of what is bothering you and help find ways to deal with it. There are many kinds of depression - find an experienced theapist to diagnose and creat a program for you to get better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are you asking?: As a pathologist who has seen so much of this, I want to urge you to think instead, "How can I make my own life enjoyable, and help others to do the same?" Your physician can help you find resources to escape from abusive / impossible situations, learn new skills and find real warmth and love. ...Read more
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