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How Many Teens Commit Suicide Each Year Because Of Bullying
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
Bullying is an abnormal behavior in which a person (the bully) treats others in an abusive way, uses force to harm others, or otherwise scares others into responding the way the bully wants. Bullying is common, and involves verbal abuse, physical assault, coercion (forcing others to do things) and is often targeted at selected victims, sometimes because of the victims' race, ...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
Depression: I can't particularly give you top ten although some research would probably turn this up, but after over 20 years of working with teens in therapy, I can tell you that in most cases depression is number one. Teen depression can exacerbate feelings of suicidality and they lack the future sense that life will get better having not been through this much before. Bullying has been a factor as well. ...Read more
When teens commit suicide does anyone have to pay a $ fee to the people who clean the mess & pickup the body? (even if family is poor & has no $)
SEEK HELP: If you need support or are suffering, or if someone you know needs support/help or is suffering, seek help! If you do not know who to call, call your local emergency room and ask what support numbers there are in your area for urgent help of any kind! People are there now! ...Read more
Why may ssris "cause suicide in teens, children or young adults"? What about this age cohort makes them different responders to ssris
Changing brain: It may be some time before we know. However, the young and adolescent brain is going through dramatic changes in is linkages/interconnections that does not occur after ~ age 25 when the brain reaches maturity. Ssri's at any dose alter neurotransmitters, and its effect on the changing brain is unpredictable even in experienced hands. ...Read more
If all antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in people under 25, then is it safe for teens to take them?
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
Too many: The usa needs a modern view of psychiatric wellness as well as symptoms. Let's skip the drama. ...Read more
No less than 9: The growing teen is faced with many choices but needs to take care of his/her sleep if they are to function well. While growing, no less than 9 hours of sleep/24hrs is needed. After their linear growth has stopped, they can sometimes get by on 8. Some will need more based on sports participation or heavy study. Events like sleep walking and sleep talking are evidence they're sleep deprived. ...Read more
I have isolated myself from all family and friends for over a year, sometimes I think of suicide, but don't think I would ever do it. What should I do?
Start Talking About: U haven't shared *why* u've stayed away from ur family & friends. U may have felt u needed 2do so 2save urself, somehow. Or u may have withdrawn from them b/c u felt depressed. Regardless u've been isolated from them & isolation is really getting to u.If u've access 2mental health services, seek help sorting out ur feelings, getting a different perspective. Try 1-800-273-talk natl suicide helpline. ...Read more
Need evaluation.: If you mean that you are having popping in your joints you need to be evaluated by an MD. You can start with Family Practice or Pediatrics since you are in your teens. You may end up being evaluated by an Orthopedic physician as well. Bottom line- you need a hands on evaluation. ...Read more
Prednisone: prednisone can be a life saver in certain conditions like cancer, connective tissue disease, autoimmune disease, etcetera. Prednisone has side effects, especially if it is used for a long period of time. Side effects include high blood sugar, increasing risk of Diabetis, cataract in the eyes, stunting growth, increasing risk on infections, high risk for fracture due to osteoporosis. ...Read more
These are the latest statistics from the cdc in 2012: thousands of young people begin smoking every day.
Each day, more than 3, 800 persons younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette.
Each day, about 1, 000 persons younger than 18 years of age begin smoking on a daily basis. ...Read more
27-year old commits suicide after the "love of life" and future wife was found with another man. Relationship was passionate. Mental illness here?
Can teens have angina? I ben having chest pains for a year now sometimes more severe than others. I had at least 3 normal chest xrays. Hurts when flex
One time molestation on 5 year old does not know what happened was wrong. Perpetrator who engaged in "oral" committed suicide. Which therapy for kid?
In your area there is an adult and child guidance center that can be a resource. It is located at
8010 ridge road
henrico, va 23229
phone: (804) 673-8933
an experienced child psychologist can guide a child through a healthy understanding of what happened and might avoid later difficulties. I'd advise that you let them know the full legal history. I hope the child and you feel safe and get help. ...Read more
I have sister had always been hit&reproved by my father, year ago my sister had tantrum accompanied by delirium and she tried to escape and suicide?
Serious Situation: Obviously that is a serious situation and I would hope that your sister is under psychiatric care. If she is suicidal, she probably should be in the hospital. Having delirium suggests that she was taking drugs and or alcohol and needs help with this problem. This overall situation can be hard on the sibling such as yourself and you might consider talking to a therapist. ...Read more
Yes, among others: You need to talk openly w/ the Dr who prescribed to fully understand why they'd do such a risky thing. It may be the lesser of evils - but it's rarely done. If you don't get help, find another Dr ASAP - Also do NOT just stop! It MUST be tapered. Your body needs to readjust or it can fail!! Best wishes - it's important to do it right! ...Read more
What low-cost options are their for depression in fl? The past year I've been feeling "sader", lethargic and lately thought of suicide.
See a physician soon: We now have a number of generics that are very effective in the treatment of depression. You really should be seeing a physician as soon as possible if you are having thoughts like suicide. Get an appointment right away. There are affordable medications. If you think you might act on those feelings then call the helpline in your area or go to an emergency room. ...Read more
My fiance committed suicide last year. I've been going through therapy, but my parents aren't supportive. What can I do?
1 Step, Another, Etc: An incredibly painful loss: were preparing 2start a life w/ someone who took his own b4 u could even get started. I imagine whatever grief u've experienced is extraordinarily complicated. And 2feel like ur parents, whom I gather r impt 2u from fact u mentioned them, can't give u the support u need is really tough. If u r finding ur therapist helpful, consider discussing obstacles 2 continuing. ...Read more
If I'm very hairy and I'm 20 year old, am I more likely to be hairier in my late teens? I'm growning so much dark body hair this year
See your docotor: In all likelyhood you are just a hairy guy. However, there are a few conditions where you are growing too much hair and a doctor can help. Good luck!! ...Read more
If a 17 year old has a failed suicide attempt and is taken to a hospital to get surgery but has no insurance what happens? (and is extremely broke)
Hospital bill: His family can apply for charity care, he is still a minor. ...Read more
I used tanning beds in my teens- in total probably about 60 times over a 5 year span. I'm now 27. What is my risk for melanoma? Does it ever decrease?
Increased risk: You are at increased risk for skin cancer in general. A lot of skin cancer results from prolonged uv exposure during youth. The only thing that you can do at this point is protect your skin with sunscreen, hats, and clothing for now on and get regular skin cancer checks by your dermatologist. ...Read more
I am on the verge of suicide, it seems the only option left I was diagnosed with severe depression last year, but its obviously something else, I got?
Eval: Some people with severe depression do become suicidal. If there has been some change in symptoms or you believe that more is going on, recommend a comprehensive medical evaluation & psychological assessment. Regardless if there is one or more conditions - it important that you are getting help. Take care. ...Read more
Both of my parents comitted suicide a year ago. I am very depressed and about to be hommelesseless because I can't even get out of bed. Please help?
I am very sorry for: Your loss. I don't know where you are from in the us but virtually all major cities have free clinics that are either subsidized by charities or the government. It is important for you to get help now. Depression can be treated psychiatrically. I encourage you to reach out to a clinic / facility in your area. Take care. ...Read more
My 23 year old son's forehead and head (skull shape) appear to have changed shape in the past year. In his teens he had a TBI. What could cause this?
Change in head shape: This is abnormal. Should be checked by family doctor. ...Read more
About 3 years ago my 10 year son dad committed suicide, on my sons birthday, His dad was very abusive to me and my son saw most of it. My son rarely talks about his dad and when he does it is just memories of the abuse, I am not sure what to say?
This is a job for: A psychologist. Sounds like a longer-term case, but if these associations and experiences are not resolved, your son (and you) will be more vulnerable to psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety, and secondary conditions such as alcohol and substance overuse./dependence. Relationships, now and the future, will also likely suffer, especially as they deepen with time. ...Read more