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Understanding and Treating Suicidal Adolescents In our world today media commonly portrays topics that used to be considered taboo into the faces of people everywhere One of these topics is suicide It was common in the past that suicide occurred however it was not talked about That has changed over the last ten years Suicide began to be spoken about when it was announced worldwide regarding the death of one particular influential person Kurt Cobain In the early nineties Kurt Cobain was popular among young persons for his new edge and controversial music It was his suicide that brought the seriousness of the topic to the world however it was this exact occasion that glorified suicide and made it a common way for young persons to deal with their problems Suicide is something we need to explore through the signs causes and treatment approaches that are available Suicide can be defined as the act of taking ones life voluntarily and intentionally The felonious killing of ones self Websters 1913 The most commonly asked question regarding suicide is WHY Why do people choose to take their lives rather than seeking an alternative way to deal with their issues Most experts believe that suicide is seldom the result of a single cause Zeinert 1999 Suicide is not caused by one factor it is commonly a combination of factors which generally includes depression Other causes include a family history of suicide or violence sexual or physical abuse the death of a close friend or family member ending a relationship failing academic loss of employment problems at work impending legal action andor recent imprisonment or an upcoming release Presenting behaviors of suicide include fighting breaking the law impulsive behaviour extremes of behaviour andor changes in behaviour Along with presenting behaviors there are many physical changes that a person will experience when contemplating suicide These physical changes include a lack of energy disturbed sleep pattern loss of appetite sudden
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