Teen Suicide - What Parents Need To Know

Teen Suicide

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Does your teen shy away from social interaction and want to be alone most of the time? Are you afraid your teen could be in trouble emotionally and mentally but don’t know how to spot the signs? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a must!

Simultaneously struggling with academic burden at high school, hormonal changes, and peer pressure can take a toll on your teen’s mental health. Do you know despair and depression can even push teenagers to the brink of suicide? If you have a teen at home, it is important for you to know about behavioral warning signs. Read on to know how you can help your teen stay positive and keep suicidal tendencies at bay! Suicidal teens have become an integral part of our society now.

What Causes Distress In Teens?

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, teen suicide is the third major cause of death between the ages of 15 and 24. According to experts, various factors like psychological, so

cial and environmental effects can cause distress in teens. Mental illness is one of the biggest causes of distress among teens. [1]

Signs Of Suicidal Tendencies In Teens:

There are various distress signs that a teen will give out if he is contemplating suicide, whether consciously or subconsciously. Understanding these signs will help you take care of the condition right from the start. Here are some of the common signs that a suicidal teen may exhibit: [2]

1. Personality Change:

Your teen may suddenly show extreme changes in personality. He may turn from soft-spoken to aggressive and violent. On the other hand, if your teen is aggressive and loud, he may turn quiet and may not speak at all.

2. Lack Of Interest:

If something is bothering your teen, he will suddenly lose interest in things that were earlier dear to him. Your teen may have loved activities like gaming, playing cricket and hanging out with friends. You may suddenly notice a change in his attitude toward these activities that earlier interested him. He may not want to participate in them anymore, and even if he does, he may be entirely disinterested.

3. Changes In Appetite:

A major sign of depression and suicidal thoughts is a sudden change in appetite. As a parent, you will be able to notice this sign better. Your teen may suddenly not feel like eating at all, even if you serve his favorite dish on the table. Conversely, your teen may want to eat all the time, he may be giving in to sudden food cravings.

4. Sleep Disorders:

Emotional and mental stress can also affect your teen’s sleep habits. Your teen may have trouble falling asleep. Even if he does, he may wake up many times in between and not sleep at a stretch. Alternatively, your teen may want to sleep the whole day, even though he is well-rested. He may not want to leave his bed or his room the entire day, sometimes even for days on end.

5. Feeling Tired:

If your teen is depressed, he may feel tired all the time. Even though he may be well-rested and eat well, he will always complain of fatigue. It can lead to drowsiness and the desire to sleep or rest all the time. There will also be considerable loss of stamina in such a condition.

6. Guilt-Ridden:

If your teen does not value his worth, it will show up in the way he handles his acts and his self. He may feel guilty all the time and worry unnecessarily about how he is of no use. Your best efforts to convince him otherwise may fail, and he may continue thinking of himself as no good.

7. Withdrawal Symptoms:

Your teen may suddenly cut off from all social gatherings, especially family and friends. He may not want to attend events and social outings. Basic social interactions like greeting a neighbor or going to the market can also be a difficult task to accomplish.Teenage suicidal thoughts often act like a never ending loop which can make a teenager withdrawn.