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Suicide The Final Solution Suicide the act of intentionally killing oneself has become an increasingly more common and serious issue among those who tend to experience problems psychologically dealing with hardships in life Too often as the daily news tells us the search for answers to these challenges is complicated by problems outside teens control such as divorce family alcoholism domestic violence or even sexual abuse APA Online 1 For all of these reasons suicide has become the ninth leading cause of death in the United States with 31204 casualties recorded in 1995 In the past suicide has been guarded as a black secret that was to be hidden from public knowledge by the families of those who lost a loved one to it However societys view on suicide is currently changing with much more attention being paid to the problem and those it is likely to affect Frequently suicide is the result of a failed attempt at regaining control of ones life to escape unbearable pain and suffering or because they see themselves as the family scapegoat For whatever reasons it is done this act of self-destruction is quickly becoming a common alternative to coping with the hardships faced in everyday life Suicide surfaces at an even more alarming rate among people aged 15-24 with over 13 of every 100000 of the population in this age group killing themselves in 1990 It is estimated by the experts that nearly 5000 teenagers commit suicide every year and males account for 4 times as many successful attempts than females although young women attempt to kill themselves four times as often as young men do It is also believed by many experts that the actual number of suicides is two to three times higher than indicated by statistics According to Ovetta Sampson as teens become older family relations grow strained and the children feel isolated Even worse due to the tendency of teens to be more
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