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SUICIDESuicide is intentional self-inflicted acts that end indeathSuicide Comptons After a series of traumaticevents normal coping abilities can be pushed over the edgethe result may be suicide In each year an average of30000 suicide deaths occur in the United States It isestimated that 5000 of those suicides are committed byteenagersSAVE 2 One major reason that the suicide rateamong teenagers is so high is that the teenage years are aperiod of commotion New social roles are being learnednew relationships are being developed bodily changes areoccurring and decisions about the future are being madeduring the teenage years Teenagers tend to commit suicide after large changessignificant losses or abuse has occurred in their livesAn important change in a relationship school or body imagemay contribute to a teenagers tendency to commit suicideThe death of a loved one the loss of a valued relationshipand the loss of self esteem are some significant losseswhich might be a factor in teen suicideThe Real WorldSuicide Facts 1 Perceived abuse such as physicalemotional psychological sexual social abuse or neglectcan lead to self-murderTeen Suicide 3 Significantchanges losses and abuse can promote suicidal tendencies Few suicidal people have some type of depression yetthose who have one can be provoked to commit suicide Thereare two main types of depression suffered by 2suicidal peopleSuicide Grolier The first type isreactive depression This type of depression is thereaction of a difficult and often traumatic experienceEndogenous depression is the second type of depression Itis the result of a mental illness which is diagnosable by aprofessional Some suicidal people have a combination ofboth reactive depression and endogenous depression Otherscould have a depression which is undiagnosed A persistentsad mood thoughts of suicide persistent physical painsthat do not respond to treatment difficulty concentratingirritability and fatigue are some symptoms ofdepressionAmerican Psychiatric Association 4 If aperson has four or more of the symptoms lasting for morethan two weeks that person could have a type of depression Those people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia andclinical
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