Teen Suicide and DepressionThesis: Teenage depression and suicide are on the rise and not many are aware of the contributing factors.
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Suicide is not chosen; it happens
when pain exceeds
resources for coping with pain.
http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/




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One of the leading causes


of death amongst teenagers is suicide. The Centers for Disease control report that it is the third leading cause of death, behind accidents and homicide, of people aged 15 to 24. Even more disturbing is the fact that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14.
Teen suicide is a very real issue today. It is important to recognize the fact that the suicide rate amongst teenagers is on the rise. In order to prevent teen suic

ide, it is vital to recognize what leads to it, and then treat the causes.
Causes of teen suicide
There are several different factors that made lead a teenager to take his or her life, but the most common is depression. Feelings of hopelessness and anxiety, along with feelings of being trapped in a life that one can't handle, are very real contributors to teen suicide. In some cases, teenagers believe that suicide is the only way to solve their problems. The pressures of life seem too much to cope
with, and some teenager look at suicide as a welcome escape.
Other factors that may contribute to teen suicide include:
  • Divorce of parents.
  • Violence in the home.
  • Inability to find success at school. external image fotolia_479621_XS.jpg
  • Feelings of worthlessness.
  • Rejection by friends or peers.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Death of someone close to the teenager.
  • The suicide of a friend or someone he or she "knows" online.

Signs that your teenager may attempt suicide
It is important to be on the look out for signs that your teen may attempt suicide. What is so difficult about some of these warning signs of teen suicide is that some of them are similar to normal adolescent behavior. The teenage years are a trying time, and sometimes normal behavior looks a lot like possibly destructive behavior. But it doesn't hurt to look into the following warning signs of teen suicide:
  • Talks about death and/or suicide (maybe even with a joking manner).
  • Plans ways to kill him or herself.
  • Expresses worries that nobody cares about him or her.
  • Has attempted suicide in the past.
  • Dramatic changes in personality and behavior.
  • Withdraws from interacting with friends and family.
  • Shows signs of depression.
  • Shows signs of a substance abuse problem.
  • Begins to act recklessly and engage in risk-taking behaviors. external image hopeline.gif
  • Begins to give away sentimental possessions.
  • Spends time online interacting with people who glamorize suicide and maybe even form suicide pacts.

Preventing teen suicide
Often, preventing teen suicide means treating teen depression. Since 75 percent of the people who commit suicide are depressed (according to the University of Texas), it is a good start to begin by treating the symptoms of teen depression.

INFORMATION FROM http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/teen_suicide

Suicide has been on a rise. Gay teens are more likely to kill themselves, they are teased more, and are more likely to become depressed. Suicide is no joke. Suicide is risky buisness and will effect everyone who has to witness it.

What are the main causes of suicide/depression in teens?

Here are quit a bit of answers to this question. of course there are these but there is so much more that could triger suicidal thoughts.

academic, social and individual pressures. Additional stress factors like violence in the family, poor performance, fear of punishment, rivalry etc can make them feel there is nothing to live for.

· Disharmony in the family
· Unhealthy or abusive relationship or break-up
· Alcohol or drug abuse
· Feelings of anger and guilt
· Physical or mental disorders
· Poor academic performance
· Sibling rivalry
· History of suicide within close circle
· Experience of a personal loss
· Inability to handle hardships due to low energy and depression


http://www.buzzle.com/articles/facts-about-teen-suicide-causes-of-teenage-suicide.html

common is depression. Feelings of hopelessness and anxiety, along with feelings of being trapped in a life that one can't handle,

The pressures of life seem too much to cope with

Other factors that may contribute to teen suicide include:
  • Divorce of parents.
  • Violence in the home.
  • Inability to find success at school.
  • Feelings of worthlessness.
  • Rejection by friends or peers.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Death of someone close to the teenager.
  • The suicide of a friend or someone he or she "knows" online.
http://www.teensuicidestatistics.com/

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· The death of a loved one.
· A divorce, separation, or breakup of a relationship.
· Losing custody of children, or feeling that a child custody decision is not fair.
· A serious loss, such as a loss of a job, house, or money.
· A serious illness.
· A terminal illness.
· A serious accident.
· Chronic physical pain.
· Intense emotional pain.
· Loss of hope.
· Being victimized (domestic violence, rape, assault, etc).
· A loved one being victimized (child murder, child molestation, kidnapping, murder, rape, assault, etc.).
· Physical abuse.
· Verbal abuse.
· Sexual abuse.
· Unresolved abuse (of any kind) from the past.
· Feeling "trapped" in a situation perceived as negative.
· Feeling that things will never "get better."
· Feeling helpless.
· Serious legal problems, such as criminal prosecution or incarceration.
· Feeling "taken advantage of."
· Inability to deal with a perceived "humiliating" situation.
· Inability to deal with a perceived "failure."
· Alcohol abuse.
· Drug abuse.
· A feeling of not being accepted by family, friends, or society.
· A horrible disappointment.
· Feeling like one has not lived up to his or her high expectations or those of another.
· Bullying. (Adults, as well as children, can be bullied.)
· Low self-esteem.

http://www.suicide.org/suicide-causes.html
These include major disappointment, rejection, failure, or loss such as breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend, failing a big exam, or witnessing family turmoil. majority of those who commit suicide have a mental or substance-related disorder
Usually, the common reasons for suicide listed above are actually not the "causes" of the suicide, but rather triggers for suicide in a person suffering from a mental illness or substance-related disorder. who end up committing suicide, do run in families those who have attempted suicide may also have low levels of the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin helps control impulsivity, and low levels of the brain chemical are thought to cause more impulsive behavior However, much more research is needed to confirm these hypotheses and, hopefully, eventually lead to more definite indicators of and treatment for those prone to suicide

http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Helpline1/Teenage_Suicide.htm


the reasons why people commit suicide are complex

An example of a possible trigger (precipitant) for suicide is a real or imagined loss, like the breakup of a romantic relationship, moving, loss (especially if by suicide) of a friend, loss of freedom, or loss of other privileges.
http://www.medicinenet.com/suicide/page2.htm



Here are a few examples:
· a death of a family member or close friend.
· An assault, car accident or painful physical event.
· A painful mental, or emotional event.
· Marriage breakup, or love lost suddenly.
· Constant physical, mental, or emotional pain that goes on for a length of time.
· Developing a disease or illness that will not get better.
· Major Financial setback.
· Something "embarrassing" happens.
· Failing an important exam at school.
· A best friend moves out of town.
· Consistently bad eating habits (carbonation, white flour & sugar)
· Substance abuse.
· A Rape, or sexual attack, by a known or unknown person.
· Consistent lack of exercise which can cause weight gain.
· Weight gain.
http://www.jaredstory.com/depression_causes.html
Again, the above causes may trigger depression, and untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.

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 Have you been bullied before??

 The above picture is a girl named Pheobe Prince. She was bullied so bad by her peers that she commited suicide. Approximately 1,500 teenagers commit suicide every day. Try to prevent these useless deaths by looking out for the above signs, and if you ever feel like you need help, call 1-800-442-4673, a national hotline you can call at anytime for free.