Teenage Suicide Issues

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Today, teenage suicide is considered a big issue in America. Many factors contribute to this action whether it is overdosing on alcohol and drugs, cutting ones wrist with a sharp object, or pulling the trigger of a gun to put an end to their existence. Suicide is on the rise due to many factors such as family issues, social issues, and psychological issues. Increased education and awareness for the victims and their families could drastically reduce the number of suicide attempts yearly.
Family Issues
Teenage suicide is often carried out as a result of despair and is a serious problem that can take a toll on families and friends. It is defined as intentionally taking one’s life or as an intentional self-inflicted death. Many have overlooked
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The risk factors associated with suicide are the presence of psychological issues that can range from depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety, and anger. Keeping emotionally afloat for many young people is an issue. Genetics may play a part of the mental issues for some teenagers which can contribute to thoughts of suicide. Major disappointments and failure in school are other triggers for suicidal tendencies. Mood disorders, particularly depression are significant risk factors for suicide-related behaviors in teenagers. Many teenagers are very vulnerable to society and would do just about anything to fit into that social circle just for acceptance (Murphy, 2005). Cognitive changes are also a factor in the psychological and emotional state of teenagers and play a role in suicidal thinking and behavioral issues (Everall, Bostik, Paulson, 2005). Teenage years are the time that many find out who they are, what they believe in, where life is taking them, and how they fit in and that in itself is a struggle (Everall, Bostik, Paulson,…show more content…
The aftermath of suicide leaves many families, friends, teachers, and even co-workers of the deceased left to pick up the pieces. They have many questions that go unanswered as the bereavement process begins from grief and loneliness, shame, and lastly the motive as to why the suicide happened and what could they have done to prevent it. However, the family begins to self-blame for inadequate parenting skills, and lack of interaction with their teenager leading up to this tragic event. Studies reveal that a family’s reaction following their teen’s suicide is hampered by physiological issues. Furthermore, teenage suicide is similar that of an accidental death in that both occur suddenly and the survivors have no chance to say goodbye, the loss is a surprise, and there is no chance to adjust to life without their loved one (Lindqvist, Johansson, Karlsson,
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