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New Study Urges Teen Checkups To Include Suicide Risk

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Medical doctors are now urging teen checkups to include a suicide risk. A recent survey has found that more teenagers are suffering from mental conditions such as depression and anxiety. These medical illnesses have been distinctly linked to the potential for suicide. The World Health Organization has estimated that a life is lost to suicide every 60 seconds worldwide. Many of those people were diagnosed with or suspected of having either depression or anxiety.

What is challenging is that depression and suicide risk are different among adolescents. Typical signs of depression include the loss of pleasure at ordinary activities and dramatic changes in sleeping and eating habits. These characteristics manifest themselves in younger adults, but there is also an added variance of anger. This is what throws off most parents who attribute the aggressiveness to normal teenage rebellion. Teenagers – who are expressive in their own way – often do not understand themselves what is going on in their minds. Their cries for help may take the form of unnecessary shouting or temper tantrums. Parents are not able to fully recognize the symptoms and are at a loss as to what to do.

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This is why regular and annual check-ups are requested to include suicide risk programs. Mental health practitioners are increasingly worried about the growing rate of teenage suicides in the nation. These deaths are preventable with early detection and immediate intervention.

Jonathan B. Lauter, M.D., is a child and adolescent psychologist. His clients have benefitted from his knowledge about the behavior of children and teenagers. Learn more by liking this Facebook page.

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