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Teen Suicide Essay

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"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." I feel that it isn't the right solution, that there are other options. This is one reason why I chose teen suicide as my I-search topic. I have had personal experience with teen suicide involving my friends, and the next time that one of my friends comes to me saying, "I want to die." I want to be able to understand where they are coming from and how I can help them. I also chose this topic because I want to educate others on how serious of a problem teen suicide really is.Teen suicide as an extremely complex tragedy, that unfortunately happens all the time throughout the United States. There are friends, parents, and peers that are ...view middle of the document...

Some of these are broken romances, family tension, problems at school, and other pressures. All though most of the time it is more than just one of these causes. There are many signs to look out for in a teen that will/may commit suicide. Child and adolescent psychiatrists recommend that if one or more of these signs occurs, parents need to talk to their child about their concerns and seek professional help when the concerns persist.? Change in eating and sleeping habits.? Withdrawal from friends, and family and regular activities.? Violent actions, rebellious behavior or running away.? Drug and alcohol use.? Unusual neglect of personal appearance.? Marked personality change.? Persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, or a decline in the quality of school work ? Frequent complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, etc.? Loss of interest in pleasurable activities.? Not tolerating praise or rewards.? Complain of being "rotten inside" ? Give verbal hints with statements such as: "I won't be a problem for you much longer," "Nothing matters," "It's no use," "I won't see you again." ? Put his/her affairs in order-for example, give away favorite possessions, clean his/her room, throw away important belongings, etc.? Become suddenly cheerful after a period of depression.There are many misconceptions about suicide. These are also known as myths of suicide. For some reason people tend to think that adolescents who talk about suicide are not serious about doing it. This is untrue, it has been proven that almost all suicidal teens have at one point verbally or nonverbally, told someone about their considering suicide. This leads to another myth, that suicide happens without warning. For the same reason as the myth, adolescents aren't serious about it, suicide usually occurs with at least one warning. Some other myths are once an adolescent is suicidal, he/she must always and forever be considered suicidal (adolescent who once considered suicide) ; if an adolescent attempts suicide and survives, he/she will not make and additional attempt (adolescent who actually made the attempt); Adolescents who commit suicide always leave notes (only a small percentage actually leave notes); Most adolescent suicides happen late at night; Never use the word "suicide" when talking to adolescents because it may put ideas in their heads; and People with strong religious beliefs will not attempt suicide.These are all misunderstandings about teen suicide, why people automatically think this, I do not know. Some suspect that it is television and the media, I believe that people think this because they are taught to. Parents, teachers, and mentors all try to make suicide seem like something that really doesn't happen that often. They make it seem unrealistic, for example Most adolescent suicides happen at night. It is making it seem that a suicide can never happen on a bright, sunny day, but it does. People have to...

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