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How can I tell if my son or daughter is thinking about suicide, are there some common signs?
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Elaine Peterson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Warning Signs
Some warning signs of suicide include, but are not limited to, talking about death &/or suicide, prior attempt at suicide, depression signs, feeling hopeless, withdrawal from family & friends, giving away prized possessions, losing interest in things they use to like, increase drug/alcohol use etc.
Educating yourself on these and other warning signs of suicide cannot be stressed enough.

In brief: Warning Signs
Some warning signs of suicide include, but are not limited to, talking about death &/or suicide, prior attempt at suicide, depression signs, feeling hopeless, withdrawal from family & friends, giving away prized possessions, losing interest in things they use to like, increase drug/alcohol use etc.
Educating yourself on these and other warning signs of suicide cannot be stressed enough.
Elaine Peterson
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Dr. Glen Elliott
A number of site offer well-established warning signs, but they aren't necessarily all that useful when it comes down to you and your child. A key feature of suicide risk is that true attempts typically occur in children or adolescents at risk who then are acutely in a situation that they view as "unfixable" such as a break-up or humiliation.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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What makes teen suicide so treacherous is that the teen tends to withdraw from others for the period preceding the deadly act.
Despite "pop" wisdom, teen suicide most often follows one or more episodes of being verbally abused; less often, a kid who's not good at anything will suicide after a failed relationship.

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What makes teen suicide so treacherous is that the teen tends to withdraw from others for the period preceding the deadly act.
Despite "pop" wisdom, teen suicide most often follows one or more episodes of being verbally abused; less often, a kid who's not good at anything will suicide after a failed relationship.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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