Psychological Factors that Affect the
Mindset of a Teenager
Mary Rose Lomboy
PROFESSOR CONCEPCION MALANA
January 7, 2013
PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE MINDSET OF A TEENAGER TO COMMIT SUICIDE
Thesis Statement: Experiences and environment affect the thoughts and feelings of a teenager which lead to committing suicide.
A. Classification of suicide
B .Risk factors
A. Egoistic suicide
B. Altruistic suicide
C. Anomic suicide
D .Fatalistic suicide
III .Risk factors of committing suicide
A. Medical conditions
B. Mental disorders
C. Substance abuse
E. Problem Gambling
F. Lack of support
G. Child abuse
IV. Possible Causes of Suicide
C. Parent’s Divorce
D. Violence at Home
E. Incapability to find success at school
F. Death of Someone close to the teenager
B. Residential Treatment
Possible Treatment for Suicidal Persons
Teen suicide is one of the major issues in today’s society. It is a momentous issue that should be addressed as quickly as possible. It is unfortunately true that there are still a lot of people who are suffering from a degree of depression that seems unbearable. Suicide became the second leading cause of death among adolescents. In nearly 30 years beginning in the late 1950s, the suicide rate among teenagers tripled. Anyone who is talking about suicide needs to get medical attention immediately. If a young adult can talk things over with their family or other friends, it’s a good start. Some may really wonder what suicide actually is, the definition of this terrible action is simple, “. . . the term suicide is applied to all causes of death resulting directly or indirectly from a positive or negative act of the victim himself which he knows will produce this result” (Durkheim 1897). In a simpler sense, it is ending one’s life. In relation to this is the fact that being a teenager is not an easy thing. A lot of changes occur during a person’s teenage years, some are: changes in bodies, thoughts and feelings. It is evident that being a teenager is no easy task. A lot of people have experienced some of these feelings at same point during our teenage years and it’s not always easy to deal with. Strong feelings of stress, confusion, fear and uncertainty as well as pressure to succeed and the ability to think about things in nowadays influence a teenager’s problem solving and decision making abilities. Therefore, experiences and environment affect the thoughts and feelings of a teenager which lead to committing suicide.
There are four subtypes of suicide namely egoistic suicide, altruistic suicide, anomic suicide and fatalistic suicide. The first one is the egoistic suicide, if feeling of extreme unbelongingness, feeling of loss of companion or having no companion at all and insufficient bound to social groups arises to an individual; this can give rise to meaninglessness, apathy and depression. Egoistic suicide is also a result of a breakdown or total loss of a bond that normally gives an individual a feeling of belongingness which is called social integration. This also refers to type of suicide that is a result of excessive individuation that means isolation of an individual from environment.
On the other hand, the altruistic suicide is characterized by a sense of being overwhelmed by a group’s goals and beliefs. It normally occurs in an environment with high integration, wherein the needs of individual is a lot less important compared to the need of a society as a whole. In an altruistic society, there would be little reason for a people to commit suicide except when the individual is expected to kill themselves on behalf of society.
The next is the anomic...
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