TeenSuicide - Comunication is key



TeenSuicide is the third leading cause of death for teens. When a teenager commits suicide, it is usually because of some underlying cause that could have been easily prevented. Teenagers have a strong tendency to become weighed down with issues that are not bothersome to adults. Many of those issues are so subtle that no one can see them. Talking to your teenager about what is going on in his or her life can easily prevent TeenSuicide.

There are plenty of factors that increase the risk of Teen Suicide. One of the first is if they have a psychological disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder. Approximately 95 percent of all teen suicides are a result of an underlying psychological disorder. Another risk factor is if the teen is suffering from emotional, mental, or sexual abuse. Lack of support from friends and relatives also increases the risk for teen suicide. Teenagers who are dealing with finding out that they are homosexual and are not accepted by their friends and family have also often been known to put an end to their lives. When teen's experience immense periods of stress and emotional turbulence, they might turn to suicide as a "relief" from it all. It is very important that adults especially take the time to pay attention to their teen's behavioral patterns and attempt to recognize behaviors that seem odd. Teen suicide often occurs when someone doesn't feel loved or they feel there is no other way out. A lot of teenagers are negatively influenced by drugs and alcohol, which can ultimately lead to suicide attempts. Teenagers who have attempted suicide at least one time before are at a much more increased risk of making a second attempt and should be monitored closely.

Even the most seemingly "normal" teenagers have been known to commit suicide. TeenSuicide often occurs more in males because of their aggressive nature. Homes that contain weapons also experience a higher rate of TeenSuicide due to the ease of access to deathly weapons such as guns, as well as homes that keep an abundant supply of prescription drugs. Fortunately, there are warning signs. One of the first things to pay attention to is your teen's behavior. Does he or she seem stressed or depressed? If so, never underestimate their ability of committing TeenSuicide. Another warning sign is talking about killing themselves. Although people often say, "people who talk about it never actually do it" it still happens. Talking about it is a tell tale sign that they are thinking about it. Unfortunately, thoughts of teen suicide often lead to action. Another sign is if your teen has been diagnosed with a psychological disorder. It is very crucial that you make sure they seek help as soon as possible before teen suicide becomes an escape from their intense emotions.

Has your teen recently experienced a traumatic event? If so, the risk for teen suicide is increased. If you have weapons or drugs in your home, make sure they are locked away so that your teen cannot come in contact with them. Go through your teen's notes and journal (although it is a violation of privacy, it's better safe than sorry) to make sure they are not depressed or thinking about teen suicide. More than anything else, make sure that you talk with your teen on a daily basis about the things that are happening in their lives (without being too critical, of course) and let them know that you care.TeenSuicide

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Written by Dr. Clarence A. Grasty who has 32 years in public education, spending all 32 years at the secondary level including middle school and he is an SEO enthusiast and CEO of Current Health Articles. His website at http://www.current-health-articles.com Current Health Articles.Com offers a host of articles and blogs for family readers. Clarence’s site is jam packed with tips and techniques for addressing common aliments. His site also allows you to comment on articles and to provide your own “best story”. If your comment (“best story”) is selected, your story will be posted on Current Health Articles.