“Depressed teens often attempt suicide after experiencing one crushing disappointment or stressful incident.”
According to the US National Center for Health Statistics, suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens and young adults, following accidents and homicides. It’s become such a scourge to teenagers, people have feared and gravely misunderstood mental illness. Shrouded in myth and superstition, it’s stigma has often prevented victims from seeking help.
And because mental illness often strikes when children are spreading their wings and challenging parental controls, it can be difficult to recognize. Researches have made giant strides in identifying the causes and symptoms of many forms of mental illness. Almost all studies suggest organic or physical causes. Most victims can be successfully treated by medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.
“Keeping communication lines open is not enough. Sometimes, initiating it is a must so the children will feel safe enough to talk about their physical and emotional pain”
The truth is that sometimes the signs are so much a part of a person’s usual, expected behavior that they are perceived as normal. The manic highs of adult bipolar disease frequently masquerade in teens as irritability,dis-respectfulness, or just a rotten attitude.
Teens who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder,often attempt suicide after experiencing one crushing disappointment or stressful incident. Many of them talk about suicide or dying, desiring to “be in a better place.”
Some make unsuccessful attempts that are ignored or dismissed as selfish cries for attention. Only rarely are these attempts recognized as signs of despair and taken seriously. Unless this children receive immediate medical intervention, they can add to the appalling statistics.
But keeping lines of communication open is not enough. Sometimes parents,teachers,doctors, or religious leaders must initiate the conversation so the children will feel safe enough to talk about their physical and emotional pain.
The American Psychiatric Association suggest that all teens, whenever they are seen by a physician or other medical professional, should be asked outright how they feel and of they have ever considered hurting themselves. Other adults can explore in a nonjudgmental way the teens feeling about friends and school.
Beware of These Warning Shots
Factors that may incline a teenager toward suicide/warnings of such an inclination:
The illness of death (particularly if by suicide) of a close relative or friend
Self-hatred, low self-esteem, or depression
Abuse of Alcohol or drugs
Long-standing physical or emotional pain
Feelings of hopelessness, powerlessness or despair
Expressions of anxiety about hurting him/her-self or others