How to Deal with Teen Depression and Suicide

Seriously depressed teenagers often think of committing suicide.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death in the age group 15-24 years
Teenagers suffering from depression do not realize initially that they require medical help. When the symptoms become apparent, they refuse to accept the fact and cooperate as it makes them feel inferior as compared to their peers. This causes the situation to worsen although teenage depression is completely curable. This article tries to gain further insight on the topic – Teen Depression and suicide.

Warning Signs of Teen Depression and Suicide are:

  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Writing poems or stories with themes of death, dying or committing suicide.
  • Talking casually or cracking jokes on committing suicide.
  • Frequently getting angry and involving in reckless behavior.
  • Being involved in many accidents resulting in injury.
  • Glorifying death and dying.
  • Seeking out weapons, pills, or other ways to kill themselves.

How to Deal with Teen Depression and Suicide:

Firstly, it is important to win the trust of teenagers suffering from depression. This can be achieved by showing genuine concern for them and being empathetic. Patience is required as the development in the mental stage will happen gradually. However, the role of being a confidant to a depressed teen is to be played with equal honesty and sincerity. Breaking of trust in the middle of treatment can be counterproductive. As counseling proves to be effective, the teenager regains hope in themselves and life. In the final stage of treatment through counseling, it is important to ensure that the depression does not recur. The teenagers should  be presented with different options to lead their life positively. However, the decision to choose from these options should be left to them.

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