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How Many Teenagers Commit Suicide A Year
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
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
Too many: The usa needs a modern view of psychiatric wellness as well as symptoms. Let's skip the drama. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: Unusual question. Please talk to someone about this as this is not the forum to answer that. ...Read more
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
Time to talk: Grief should grow less over the months. If it's not, it's time to talk with someone about how to train your mind to go in the direction that it should. Your pastor, a psychologist, or just a wise person may have ideas -- your situation is quite common and i bet you'll get good advice and be able to get on with your life. ...Read more
4 yr old who throws major temper tantrums has multiple meltdowns everyday. Can get physical with you at times. What can/should be done? Desperate!
Talk to your doctor: First, talk with your child's doctor. She may recommend a child therapist or behavior counselor. Give your child choices where you can, but not where you can't. You can say "it's time for bed. Do you want to read a book or sing a song before you go to sleep?" don't say "do you want to go to bed"! avoid unnecessary power struggles and choose your battles. Be consistent with important rules, though. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diet and exercie: The old reliable is still the best one with the least side effects. ...Read more
No easy answer: If options and support have been offered and they refuse not a lot can be done. They have to want to change, however you can stop supporting them if they do not desire change, you can give an ultimatum only if you are willing to follow through. Best suggestion, seek your own support, try al-anon for you. Seek counseling for you. If they don't change, you still can. ...Read more
Antabuse (disulfiram): Antabuse (disulfiram) is a medication for which a person becomes very physically ill if they drink alcohol while on antabuse (disulfiram). If the 19 yo would agree to have his daily Antabuse (disulfiram) dose supervised to insure he takes it, and it is explained to him that if he then drinks he will become very very very sick, that would likely help. I also recommend 12 step support groups and counseling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How many calories does a 5'7, 120 pound female teenager need? What about recovering from anorexia?
What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.
Many things: Such a painful situation here. Many people who abuse or molest children were themselves abused . . . . Thus perpetuating a generational crime against younger (and less powerful) kids in the family. The key is to shift the victim to survivor through timely treatment, as was probably not done for the perpetrator. Sometimes when the child "tells, " she or he is not believed, either. Tragic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Obsessive fear of death in a supposedly healthy 26 year old. Can it ever get better? How to stop fear of death?
Counseling and exam : Perhaps a good physical exam with some blood work might provide reassurance that you are indeed healthy. Counselling might help you find the source of your worries about death and dying. Perhaps a recent death of someone close or someone who died around your age might have triggered this fear. There is always help that can make things better. Do not get discouraged! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Information/reassure: Generally a good approach would be to 1) in age appropriate language let him or her know that the loved one has an illness, 2) explain the illness in terms that are meaningful and make sense, while keeping out the details that could be overwhelming for the child, and 3) no matter what, convey that the loved one is being taken care of well, and that there's nothing for the child to worry about. ...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
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