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Among fifteen to nineteen year olds suicide is the third leading cause of death Since the nineteen sixties teenage suicide has doubled in the United States More than seven thousand teenagers kill themselves yearly This rise in teenage suicides has happened because of an increase in a psychological disorder called manic-depressive disorder A psychological disorder is a condition in which behavior is judged to be atypical disturbing and mal-adaptive Manic-depressive disorder which is also known as bipolar disorder is when a person experiences prolonged hopelessness and lethargy until eventually returning to normality In the manic-depressive episode there is a period of at least two weeks in which a person has a depressed mood or loses interest or pleasure in activities Other symptoms can include weight gain weight loss sleep changes feelings of worthlessness guilt difficultly concentrating or thinking and thoughts of death plans This disorder in which the person alternates between the hopelessness and lethargy of depression and the state of mania is one known to be the cause of suicide Teenage suicides are associated with manic-depressive disorder The suicidal teenager feels isolation despair hopelessness and estrangement They also feel that they cannot handle today and nothing will ever be better tomorrow The teenagers also feel ambivalence Simply stated it means that opposite desires are experienced at the same time The depressed person wants to live and die at the same time In a PBS video about teenage suicide Teenage Suicide- The Ultimate Dropout one teenage female spoke of the fact that she felt that her parents were only using her as a stepping stone as the reason for her suicidal attempt She was more or less tired of her parents constant demands Her feelings about getting even with her parents resulted in her decision to swallow a massive amount of pills which she took from her familys medicine cabinet By killing herself she believed she could show her parents that they could no longer
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