Transition Into Adolescence: A Case Study

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The four legal do’s and don’ts when treating children and adolescences with suicidal tendencies. All states mandate professional counselors have a duty to warn if a client has express intent to harm another; duty to report when a child, elder, or disable person is being abused or neglected, and report if the client is a danger to themselves. Transition into adolescence is a daunting growing pain alone; however, when many adolescence stressors begin to pile up with no light at the tunnel. Many of our youth find the solution and taking their own lives; suicide remains the third leading cause of death for adolescents. More can be done with early intervene and awareness of the signs that could lead to such destructive behavior. Death does not have …show more content…
The goal is notices these elements of the individual before he or she is in too deep. Adolescences is full of peer-pressure, physical and cognitive development and sexual attraction to the opposite or same-sex people. Apart from regular growing pains, adolescences that live in homes that are not nurturing to his or her needs can also pile on stressors. Apart of the warning signs is getting an understanding of what is the cause(s) that will motive an individual to want to attempt suicide. Clinton, Clark and Straub (2010) encourages to “talk openly about a person’s thoughts of suicide” (p.276). By counselors reaching an area to allow the individual to feel comfortable enough to disclose the motivation, they can begin gather invaluable background of the true problem. McWhirter and al (2013) mention a few common motives such as forms of; self-punishment, absolution for past behaviors, revenge, retaliatory abandonment, or cry for help. Acknowledging these “suicide motivations can assist in detection and prevention” (McWhirter et al., 2013, …show more content…
The intent to inflict physical harms on one’s body without the intent to die is consider nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI; McWhirter et al., 2013). Such behavior was seen among hospitalized patients suffering from borderline disorder or other psychiatric disorders; reports of “12% to 40% of adolescents have engaged in NSSI” (McWhirter et al., 2013, p.269). Most importantly is keep a watchful eye and learn to distinguish the two.
Clinton and al. illustrate some nonintrusive interview questions to asked the teen and parent when assessing suicidal ideation. For the Teen
a. Tell me about the stresses and losses in your life. What has happened that makes you feel hopeless?
b. Who really cares about you? What do these people think of your plans to kill yourself?
c. How are you feeling about life today? For the Parents a. What are the symptoms of hopelessness in your child?
b. Has your child recently experienced a significant lost? How did she respond at the time?
c. Describe your home environment. How might this contribute to a sense of

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