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Dr Monica Wilson - AAMHC • Tel: 909-638-1061 • email: [email protected]
In the United States, suicide is the third leading cause of death in the young adult
age group (15-24). The gender ratio for this age group is 7 to 1, males to females.
The 6th leading cause of death among those 5 to 14 years of age. An estimated
500,000 teenagers attempt to kill themselves every year, and about 5000 succeed.
That's right up there with cancer and homicide.
Parents should be aware of these other warning signs that their teenager may be
having suicidal thoughts:
They may begin to isolate themselves, pulling away from friends or family
They may no longer participate in what was their favorite things or activities
They may have recently developed trouble thinking clearly
They may have changes in their personality (darker, more anxious, or noncaring)
They may be experiencing changes in eating or sleeping habits
They may talk about suicide or death in general
They may express feelings of hopelessness or guilt
They may exhibit self-destructive behavior (substance abuse, dangerous
driving, recklessness, excessive risk taking)
They may have changes in their personal hygiene and appearance
They may complain about anxiety-related physical problems (stomachaches,
headaches, hives, fatigue, blurred vision)
They may have difficulty accepting praise or rewards.
It can be very hard to diagnose depression. There are many different kinds of
depression and not all people will have the same symptoms, or have them to the
same degree. Here are some symptoms to watch for and if they last more than a few
weeks, a doctor or psychiatrist should be consulted.
Persistent sad or "empty" mood
Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless
pessimistic and or guilty
Substance abuse
Fatigued or loss of interest in ordinary activities
Disturbances in eating and sleeping patterns
Irritability, increased crying, anxiety and panic attacks, (Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
Thoughts of suicide; suicide plans or attempts
Persistent physical symptoms or pains that do not respond to