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Teen Suicide and Depression- by, Julianne and Noa

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Transcript of Teen Suicide and Depression- by, Julianne and Noa

One of the leading causes of death amongst teenagers is suicide.
The Centers for Disease control report that it is the third leading cause of death, behind accidents and homicide, of people aged 15 to 24.
Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14.
75 percent of the people who commit suicide are depressed (according to the University of Texas).
Studies show that 4 out of 5 teen suicide attempts have been preceded by clear warning signs
Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States among teens and adults, and can have a serious impact on the lives of the many teens who suffer from depression. About 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood.
Between 10 to 15 percent of teenagers have some symptoms of teen depression at any one time.
About 5 percent of teens are suffering from major depression at any one time
As many as 8.3 percent of teens suffer from depression for at least a year at a time, compared to about 5.3 percent of the general population.
Most teens with depression will suffer from more than one episode. 20 to 40 percent will have more than one episode within two years, and 70 percent will have more than one episode before adulthood. Episodes of teen depression generally last about 8 months. Other risk factors that increase the chances of an episode of teen depression include:
Previous episodes of depression
Experiencing trauma, abuse, or a long-term illness or disability
A family history of depression; between 20 to 50 percent of teens who suffer from depression have a family member with depression or other mental disorders
Other untreated problems; about two thirds of teens with major depression also suffer from another mental disorder, such as dysthymia, addiction to drugs or alcohol, anxiety, or antisocial behaviors
A teen suffering from depression is also at higher risk for other problems:
30 percent of teens with depression also develop a substance abuse problem.
Teenagers with depression are likely to have a smaller social circle and take advantage of fewer opportunities for education or careers.
Depressed teens are more likely to have trouble at school and in jobs, and to struggle with relationships. Teens with untreated depression are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, leading to higher rates of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Teens with depression seem to catch physical illnesses more often than other teens.
Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, the third leading cause of death among teenagers. 90 percent of suicide victims suffer from a mental illness, and suffering from depression can make a teenager as much as 12 times more likely to attempt suicide.
Less than 33 percent of teens with depression get help, yet 80 percent of teens with depression can be successfully treated if they seek help from a doctor or therapist, and many local health clinics offer free or discounted treatment for teens with depression.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF TEEN DEPRESSION Withdrawing from family and friends
Losing interest in social and extracurricular activities
Displaying a lack of energy
Feeling tired most of the time
Feelings of sadness for much of the time
Significant weight fluctuations
Sleep pattern changes
Physical pains and aches, or sickness, even though there is nothing physically wrong
Indifference about the future
Uncharacteristic pessimism
Guilty feelings
Lowering self-esteem
Violence in the home.
Inability to find success at school.
Feelings of worthlessness.
Rejection by friends or peers.
Substance abuse.
Death of someone close to the teenager.
The suicide of a friend or someone he or she "knows" online. Causes of Teen Suicide:

Feelings of hopelessness and anxiety.
Feelings of being trapped in a life that one can't handle.
In some cases, teenagers believe that suicide is the only way to solve their problems. The pressures of life seem too much to cope with, and some teenager look at suicide as a welcome escape. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO OUR PRESENTATION ANY QUESTIONS? Talks about death and/or suicide (maybe even with a joking manner).
Plans ways to kill him or herself.
Expresses worries that nobody cares about him or her.
Has attempted suicide in the past.
Dramatic changes in personality and behavior.
Shows signs of depression.
Shows signs of a substance abuse problem.
Begins to give away sentimental possessions.
Spends time online interacting with people who glamorize suicide and maybe even form suicide pacts.
Disinterest in favorite extracurricular activities.
Problems at work and losing interest in a job.
Substance abuse, including alcohol and drug (illegal and legal drugs) use. http://www.teensuicidestatistics.com/
http://www.teendepression.org/stats/teenage-depression-statistics/ Bibliography Behavioral problems.
Withdrawing from family and friends.
Sleep changes.
Changes in eating habits.
Begins to neglect hygiene and other matters of personal appearance
Emotional distress brings on physical complaints (aches, fatigues, migraines).
Hard time concentrating and paying attention.
Declining grades in school.
Loss of interest in schoolwork.
Risk taking behaviors.
Complains more frequently of boredom.
Does not respond as before to praise.
Not all of these teen suicide warning signs will be present in cases of possible teen suicide. There are many cases in which a good student commits suicide. It is important to watch for two or three signs as indications of depression, or even teen suicidal thoughts. As a parent or teacher of a teen with depression, you play a vital role in depression prevention. Outlined below are some practical ways you can do this.

Encourage healthy eating habits. Too often, a teen who is given too much freedom in food selection chooses to eat junk food. This can result in nutritional deficiencies that can, in turn, become a risk factor for depression.

Encourage your child to participate in sports, clubs and other extracurricular activities in order to build a strong support group of friends.

Encourage your teenager to get active. Exercise can enhance your teen’s physical and mental well-being.

Make sure your children know how much you care about them.

Praise your teen’s strengths and be sensitive when addressing weaknesses.
Self-esteem can be very fragile, particularly during the teenage years.

Talk with your teen. Listen attentively. Let your child know that you are there and to listen when something is wrong. Don’t be discouraged if it takes some time before your child begins to confide in you.

Try to enforce an early bedtime. A study published in the Sleep journal in January 2010 found that adolescents with earlier bedtimes set by their parents were significantly less likely to experience teen depression.

Talk to your teen about a depression prevention program involving counseling sessions with a psychotherapist, a school psychologist or a school counselor. teen suicide
and depression
by julianne pedoto
and noa dar Facts and Statistics Preventing teen depression
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