Teen Suicide: Warning Signs and How to Get the Right Treatment

In recent years, suicide among teens have increased dramatically. Each year thousands of teenagers commit suicide in the U.S. In fact, it is the third leading cause of death for kids, aged 15-to-24-years old, and the sixth leading cause of death for those who are 5-to-14-years old.

?Think about your teen. After all, he or she is likely to experience the same strong feelings of

Signs of Teen Suicide

The symptoms of suicidal thinking are similar to those of depression. Become aware of the following red flags that can signal that your teenager may be contemplating suicide:

?Noticeable change in his or her eating or sleeping habits
?Withdrawal from friends, family members or routine activities
?Aggressive or violent behavior, rebelliousness, running away or threats to do so
?Drug or alcohol use that is illegal, abusive or interferes with your kids functioning
?Your teens unusual neglect of his or her personal appearance; poor grooming
?A personality change that is seriously detrimental
?Manifestations of persistent boredom, concentration problems or a marked deterioration in the quality of his or her schoolwork
?Frequent complaints about stress-based physical symptoms, including stomachaches, headaches, backaches, or fatigue
?A troubling withdrawal from pleasurable activities
?Your teens angry and persistent dismissal of your praise or rewards

If your teenager is contemplating suicide he or she may also:

?Complain to you about being a bad person or about feeling guilty or rotten inside
?Provide verbal hints, such as: I won’t be a pain for you much longer, Nothing really matters anyway, Nothing helps, Nothing is important etc.
?If you notice he or she putting his or her affairs in order, for example, giving away favorite possessions or throwing away important belongings, or,
?Your teens becoming suddenly cheerful for no apparent reason after a period of depression, or if he or she says things like, I want to kill myself, or I am thinking that suicide is the best way out.

It is important to always take such statements seriously and to seek an evaluation from a clinical psychologist or other

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