Teens often face a host of stressors and confusing feelings as they grow through the adolescent years. The emotions associated with puberty, self doubt, confusion about the future, family problems, and school pressures can sometimes seem overwhelming, and statistics indicate that as many as one in five high school students seriously considers suicide. But suicidal behavior is not a normal response to stress. Mental health professionals claim that most teen suicide victims have a mental health disorder or a history of substance abuse. This work provides updated information about suicide risks, causes, and prevention. It discusses mental health disorders and life threatening behaviors linked to suicide risk, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and self injury. It offers suggestions for recognizing suicide warning signs, and it explains the most commonly used treatments for suicidal ideation, including counseling and medications. A section on suicide loss addresses the complex grief experienced by those who are affected by a suicide death. The book concludes with a list of crisis hotlines and a directory of additional resources.
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