Not Just for Attention: Stop Teen Suicide

The subject of depression and suicide, especially in the case of children and teens, is a tremendous concern. Unfortunately, many cases go missed not necessarily because those surrounding these young people don’t care or pay enough attention to them, but more because they aren’t aware of what to look out for. I am a suicide survivor. I also grew up with a suicidal mother and witnessed a peer successfully commit suicide, ironically, when I was in the emergency room beside her being treated for the same thing. I was saved, while her family still mourns for her. These experiences, including the fact that my twelve-year-old daughter has been suffering with depression and suicidal thoughts for the last three years, are what steered me to obtaining my psychology degree, specializing in children with mental/emotional issues, and other special needs. What triggers a young person to slip into such a dark place? Are there signs, and if so, what are they? How can we help someone going through this turmoil? Does medication really help? These are all questions most of us ask while either in the midst of dealing with this issue, or in retrospect when trying to figure out how a person could have felt low enough about themselves to think dying was the only option. When I speak about the topic of young people dealing with depression and other mental/emotional struggles, or either helping a teen struggling with wanting to commit suicide or helping families understand how such a thi...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Antidepressants Children and Teens Depression Medications Personal Stories Self-Esteem Stress Suicide Therapists Spill Treatment Anxiety Coping Skills Depression Mood Depressive Episode Major Depressive Disorder Monoamine Oxi Source Type: news

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Source: Australian Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Authors: Source Type: research
Adults aged 65 years and older who are suicidal appear to report higher levels of intent compared with younger adults who are suicidal, but they are less likely to meet the criteria for major depression and several other mental disorders. Thesefindings were published Monday in theAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.Older adults ’ lower scores on ratings of psychiatric symptoms “may cloud the clinician’s assessment of the serious nature of suicide attempts in older patients,” wrote Stefan Wiktorsson, Ph.D., of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and colleagues. “If this is the case, saf...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry anxiety depression older adults pain physical impairment substance use disorders suicidal intent suicide younger adults Source Type: research
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Source: Australian Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news
ConclusionsThe SBQ-ASC is a brief self-report suicidality assessment tool, developed and validated with and for autistic adults, without co-occurring intellectual disability. The SBQ-ASC is appropriate for use in research to identify suicidal thoughts and behaviours in autistic and possibly autistic people, and model associations with risk and protective factors.
Source: Molecular Autism - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
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A version of this article also appeared in theIt’s Not Just You newsletter. Sign up here to receive a new edition every Sunday. This week, we have a special Mental Health Awareness Month edition of It’s Not Just You. In addition to the piece below, you can read a guest essay from Ciara Alyse Harris, one of the stars of the hit musical, Dear Evan Hansen here. My dad, who was always intuitive, told us he saw that my little sister’s depression had returned when he printed photographs he’d taken of her. “I could see it in her eyes, like a ghost,” he said. It was an observation born of love a...
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ConclusionsIn CM patients, MOH is associated with an increased risk for suicidal ideation and prior suicide attempt, which deserves attention for clinicians taking care of headache patients. However, further studies are needed to determine the causal relationship, as well as the underlying pathophysiology.
Source: The Journal of Headache and Pain - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Chronic physical disorders are associated with suicidal ideation, either directly or indirectly through PTSS, depression, and functional disability. The findings underscore the importance of early identification and management of older patients with specific chronic disorders in primary care as they may be most at risk for suicidal ideation.PMID:33890523 | DOI:10.1080/13607863.2021.1913478
Source: Aging and Mental Health - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Brain and Behavior Caregivers Family Inside Schizophrenia Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Adult Caregiver Caregiver stress Family Caregivers life with schizophrenia Living With Schizophrenia Mental Illness Psychotherapy Sel Source Type: blogs
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