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|by Smitha Chakravarthula|
An Act of Desperation or Escapism?
These are not stray incidents but a fast spreading phenomena called the "teenage suicide". The rate of suicide for this age group has nearly tripled since 1960, making it the their leading cause of death in adolescents and the second leading cause of death among college age youth. Teen suicide is one of the major causes for concern among the parents of teens and many organizations dealing with it have sprung up over the years.
Why does it happen?
Teens need adult guidance more than ever to understand all the emotional and physical changes they are experiencing. When teens' moods disrupt their ability to function on a day-to day basis, it may indicate a serious emotional or mental disorder that needs attention - adolescent depression. Studies show that suicide attempts among young people may be based on long standing problems triggered by a specific event. Suicidal adolescents may view a temporary situation as a permanent condition. Feelings of anger and resentment combined with exaggerated guilt can lead to impulsive, self-destructive acts. So it is not the car denied or the exam failed that leads to their self destructive act, rather it is months of pent up emotions which is triggered by any one incident. It is the proverbial one drop too much for the cup to hold13/3/01. It is also found that many teens who commit suicide have a low self -esteem about themselves. And don't be fooled. The one's with a poor self-esteem aren't the introverts who hardly open their mouth. It is as likely to be the chirpy vivacious teenager who is the heart and soul of any gathering. Teens have this inimitable quality of burying their emotions within themselves till they reach bursting point and commit irrational acts. It is a fact that if teens shared their problems half of the suicides could be prevented. Most of the problems faced by teens are grossly exaggerated in their emotionally wrought state. None of them are grave enough to lose a life over. If this is recognized and understood teenage suicide can be eliminated to a large extent
It is an acknowledged fact that four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warnings. It is not that they wake up one fine day and decide to end their lives. the thought of ending their lives is niggling somewhere at the back of their mind and gaining importance day by day.
Pay attention to these warning signs and you could be stopping your teen from taking his life:
How can I help?
If it is You
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