Suicides a Major Problem Among Indian Teens

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Suicides a Major Problem among
Indian Teens: Experts

New Delhi
Teen suicides in India are among the highest in the world, say the authors of a report on suicides among certain population categories, with special reference to the country.

"Suicides are a major problem worldwide with the highest rate being among the elderly in the West and among teens in India, bringing greater socio-economic loss due to the death of the young population in India," said J.K. Trivedi, a doctor at the department of psychiatry in C.S.M. Medical University, Lucknow.

Trivedi along with Rohit Garg and Mohan Dhyani - doctors in the same department - has authored the article "Suicidal behaviour in special population: elderly, women and adolescents in special reference to India".

The report was published in the recent edition of the Delhi Psychiatry Journal and tries to analyse the category of children that is at higher risk and the ways to stop it.

"Suicides among young women is the highest in two countries - in India and China. In India, suicides are very high in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry," Trivedi told IANS.

Quoting a study conducted by the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, the report said that teens have the world's highest suicide rate.

Globally the suicide rate stands at 14.5 deaths per 100,000, with suicide being the fourth leading cause of death in the age group of 15 to 18. However, in the CMC study, suicide was the number one cause of death among Indian adolescents.

Experts say adolescents whose parents do not understand what they are going through are the most vulnerable.

"Though childhood is the time of great prospects, it can be a period of great confusion and anxiety as there is pressure to fit in socially, to perform academically, to act responsibly, growing self-identity and need for autonomy which often conflicts with the rules and expectations set by others," Trivedi said.

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