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Teen Commit Suicide
Depression: This is a serious question and you should seek medical help. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When an adolescent attempts suicide, then is admitted into a hospital, what are the visitation regulations?
Usually lock down: There is usually a period of no communication for three days. But thus can vary according to policies of the hospital. ...Read more
Common sense: It's politically correct to focus on the teen and the difficulties of adjusting to new roles & peers, but the teen suicides i've seen as a pathologist have largely come from appallingly abusive families. Find out what's really bothering junior, and if it would bother you too, consider what interventions might be possible or even mandated by law. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do you ask?: Unusual question. Please talk to someone about this as this is not the forum to answer that. ...Read more
If all antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in people under 25, then is it safe for teens to take them?
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
Sx awareness: Work with your therapist and psychiatrist on sx awareness and monitoring as well as triggers for your depression and suicidal thoughts. Work on a plan of action now for the time when crisis does return -- help you be better prepared. Focus on the things that work for you right now and embrace the positive experiences around you, however small they might seem. 1-800-273-talk (8255). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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