DesignRx delivers pharmacy value and service
for your specialty medication needs
  Home  
  Our Team  
  Services  
  Testimonials  
  Our History  
  Contact Us  

Warning Signs of Suicide in Children and Teens

Warning Signs of Suicide in Children and Teens

Topic Overview

Common warning signs for suicide include:

  • Making suicidal statements.
  • Being preoccupied with death in conversation, writing, or drawing.
  • Giving away belongings.
  • Withdrawing from friends and family.
  • Having aggressive or hostile behavior.

It is extremely important that you take all threats of suicide seriously and seek immediate treatment for your child or teenager. If you are a child or teen and have these feelings, talk with your parents, an adult friend, or your doctor right away to get some help.

Other warning signs can include:

  • Neglecting personal appearance.
  • Running away from home.
  • Risk-taking behavior, such as reckless driving or being sexually promiscuous.
  • A change in personality (such as from upbeat to quiet).

Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts

Certain problems increase the chances of suicidal thoughts in children and teens. Other problems may trigger a suicide attempt.

  • Problems that increase the chances of suicidal thoughts include having:
    • Depression or another mental health problem, such as bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) or schizophrenia.
    • A parent with depression or substance abuse problems.
    • Tried suicide before.
    • A friend, peer, family member, or hero (such as a sports figure or musician) who recently attempted or committed suicide.
    • A disruptive or abusive family life.
    • A history of sexual abuse.
    • A history of being bullied.
  • Problems that may trigger a suicide attempt in children and teens include:
    • Possession or purchase of a weapon, pills, or other means of inflicting self-harm.
    • Drug or alcohol use problems.
    • Witnessing the suicide of a family member.
    • Problems at school, such as falling grades, disruptive behavior, or frequent absences.
    • Loss of a parent or close family member through death or divorce.
    • Legal or discipline problems.
    • Stress caused by physical changes related to puberty, chronic illness, and/or sexually transmitted diseases.
    • Withdrawing from others and keeping thoughts to themselves.
    • Uncertainty surrounding sexual orientation (such as bisexuality or homosexuality).

Depression

Signs of depression, which can lead to suicidal behavior, include:

  • Feeling sad, empty, or tearful nearly every day.
  • Loss of interest in activities that were enjoyed in the past.
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits.
  • Difficulty thinking and concentrating.
  • Complaints of continued boredom.
  • Complaints of headaches, stomachaches, or fatigue with no actual physical problems.
  • Expressions of guilt and/or not allowing anyone to give him or her praise or rewards.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of suicide. Talk to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Last RevisedMay 3, 2013

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

Last modified on: 2 April 2014


How was your experience with our pharmacy? Click here to tell us!

40 - First time IVF - Thoughts and Feelings: Wanttobeamommy- I'm so sorry sweetie. Having 2 ectopic pregnancies myself I understand your grief w...
Abnormal Pap Smear just before starting IVF cycle: Good news - my biopsy came back as absolutely NORMAL! I will just follow up in a year for a regular...
HCG and Progesterone Levels: Good mornin, ladies. I have been ttc for about 2 years now. I'm 43 and after a few failed IVF cycles...
Other Categories:


Copyright HealthBanks, Inc. All rights reserved. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy