Teen Suicidal Thoughts Essay

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Teenagers Suicidal Thoughts: Alternative Treatment to Antidepressant
Suicidal thoughts occur daily all around the world, but usually people are unaware of others emotional and mental state. Statistics show that 42.773 Americans die by suicide. Due for its rareness, suicidal thoughts in teenagers are one of the most difficult events to study, although it is the third leading cause of death in countries such as the as the United States, China, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand(“Suicide Statistics”). Suicidal thoughts can be prevented by a number of ways including; antidepressants, self-help, therapy, and hospitalization. According to Merriam-Webster the definition of antidepressants is a drug used or tending to relieve or prevent psychic
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Nor do they theorize about negative automatic cognitive structures or unconscious motivations and drives as the roots of despair and suicide. Instead, they think about helping family members to identify and work through individual or family traumas or conflicts that have damaged trust, communication, and the quality of the parent–adolescent relationship. Many depressed and suicidal adolescents carry with them feelings of hurt, betrayal, disappointment, and/or anger, often related to real events or processes in their lives. In ABFT, therapists help parents to give their adolescent permission and confidence to give these stories a voice. Families are often humbled by the power of these stories and misunderstandings and the effect they have had on shaping family relationships. Sometimes, ABFT therapists say to parents, “Our therapy is simply about helping teens to get things off their chest. When this happens, teens become less invested in hiding their thoughts and feelings, or conversely, battling to be heard.” Liberating suicidal teens from these “ghosts in the nursery” (Fraiberg, Adelson, & Shapiro, 1975) brings emotional relief, helps teens gain perspective, and provides them with increased freedom to honestly evaluate and explore themselves and their relationships. From the perspective of attachment theory, ABFT aims to help adolescents “earn” back security by working through the stories and events of their life. By the end of treatment, Sara could tell a more coherent and complex story about her life, while tolerating and managing the expression. Attachment-Based Family Therapy also helped Katherine. The therapist’s empathy for and validation of Katherine’s own experiences of parental stress and painful attachment experiences helped alleviate Katherine’s feelings of guilt, shame, and frustration and helped her to become more

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