Teenage Depression & Suicide
What Parents Need to Know about Their Greatest Fear
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teenagers¹
- 16% of high school students self-report that they have considered suicide
- On average, 25 suicide attempts precede a successful commitment
- Though males commit suicide more frequently, females self-report more attempts
- Only 1/5 of teenagers seek treatment for depression
- Over 95% of those who commit suicide have a treatable psychological disorder at the time of their death²
- Withdrawal from social, familial circles
- Rapid gain or loss of weight
- Change in posture, way the adolescent carries himself/herself
- Apathy in previous interests
HOWEVER—it is crucial to realize that once an adolescent becomes suicidal, the individual may exhibit no symptoms. When someone decides that he/she is going to commit suicide, his/her main goal is to conceal any signs in order to prevent anyone from intervening.
How Do You Make a Difference?
Additionally, you should be open to the possibility of medical intervention. Depression is a complex issue that also originates from the adolescent's neurochemical makeup; thus, having your teen's physician prescribe an anti-depressant has the potential to decrease symptoms.
Why Should You Intervene?
 What are the Most Recent Teen Suicide Statistics? (2015, February 22). Retrieved March 27, 2015, from http://nobullying.com/teen-suicide-statistics/
 McLaughlin, K. A., & King, K. (2015). Developmental trajectories of anxiety and depression in early adolescence.Journal Of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43(2), 311-323. doi:10.1007/s10802-014-9898-1