Teen suicide is a frightening epidemic that is the third leading cause of death among teens. It is estimated that for every teen that is successful in their attempt to take their own life, 25 other attempts have been made. Recognizing the warning signs is crucial to protecting your teen and getting the help they need. The majority of teens that attempt suicide displayed clear warning signs, that if heeded, could have resulted in the help they needed.
When a teen is depressed to the point of considering taking their own life, there are obviously deeper issues involved. Each teen and situation is different, but be aware of these common warning signs that your teen may be in danger:
- Withdrawal from social interactions or isolation
- Changes in their sleep patterns
- Acting out or behavioral problems
- Changes in their eating patterns
- Neglecting personal hygiene
- Poor performance in school
- Risky behaviors, including using drugs or alcohol
- Physical illness due to emotional distress
- Lack of concentration
- Unresponsiveness to praise
- School refusal
Your teen may display one or more of the proceeding behaviors, or they may have unique changes in the behavior. Watching for changes in their personality and actions is the best way to identify that something is wrong and find treatment to get to the root cause of their depression or anxiety.
Treatment for a Teen Thinking About Suicide
Threats of suicide are often included among the cluster of symptoms related to debilitating anxiety and depression in adolescents and teens. Nathan’s Waypoint can help you put together all of the pieces affecting your child and your family and support you through designing and following a path to a better place. Contact Nathan’s Waypoint for a free one-hour consultation to begin exploring your options.