Teenage Suicide Essay

1073 Words Oct 23rd, 1999 5 Pages
Teenage Suicide

Suicide is intentional self-inflicted acts that end in death("Suicide,"
Compton's). After a series of traumatic events, normal coping abilities can be pushed over the edge; the result may be suicide. In each year, an average of
30,000 suicide deaths occur in the United States. It is estimated that 5,000 of those suicides are committed by teenagers(SA\VE, 2). One major reason that the suicide rate among teenagers is so high, is that the teenage years are a period of commotion. New social roles are being learned, new relationships are being developed, bodily changes are occurring, and decisions about the future are being made during the teenage years. Teenagers tend to commit suicide after large changes,
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If a person has four or more of the symptoms lasting for more than two weeks, that person could have a type of depression. Those people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and clinical depression have much higher suicide rates than average(Tom Arsenault, 2). Teenagers display warning signs of suicide. The indications come in two ways. First exhibited are the early warning signs. These signs include difficulties in school, depression, drug abuse, sleep and eating disturbances, and a loss of interest in activities. Restlessness, feelings of failure, overreaction to criticism, overly self-critical, anger, and a preoccupation with death or Satan are also some signals teenagers contemplating suicide will give("Teen Suicide," 3). The other type of clues are late warning signs. Talking about death, neglecting appearance, a feeling of hopelessness, a sudden improvement in personality, and giving away possessions are some of the typical late warning signs given by a suicidal teenager("Teen Suicide," 4). Not everyone who portrays these symptoms is suicidal. In order to know if a person is really thinking about committing suicide, someone needs to ask them. Offering other ways to deal with a suicidal persons' problems, may save their life. Most teenagers contemplating suicide would not commit it, if they knew of another way out. By talking with someone who is suicidal, that person might see that

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