Teenage Suicide

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Teenage Suicide

Each year thousands of teenagers commit suicide. The individual, in seemingly hopeless conflict with the world, decides to end his/hers existence in what he/she considers the only way out. These are usually teens that are experiencing intense psychological pain from unmet needs. The teenage years are turmoil for just about everyone. They’re learning new social roles, developing new relationships, getting use to the changes in their bodies and making decisions about their future. When someone kills themselves, it’s referred to as suicide. Each year thousands of teens commit suicide. The individual, in hopeless conflict with the world, decides to end his/her existence in what he/she considers to be the only way out. These are usually teens that are experiencing intense physiological pain from unmet needs. These unmet needs, such as having family problems, pressure from friends and being socially accepted, and drugs and the media, turn into depression, which causes the individual more pain. That is why the mental disease of depression is the immediate cause of teenage suicide.

It is a devastating fact that the suicide rate of teenagers has shot up in the past 40 years. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among 15 – 24 year olds, after auto accidents. One misconception of the past was that depression meant and looked like sadness. In reality, depression in teens sometimes appears when there is a loss of interest in activities that were once important, failing grades, or irritability. These teens tend not to care about anything at all, and are simply living their life with no goals for the future. Not many people realize that the number of teens who consider suicide is extremely large, and continues to grow. More than half of the teenagers from grades 9 – 12 in 2002 had feelings of committing suicide, made a specific plan to commit suicide, committed suicide, or committed suicide that resulted in injury. There was also a study that...
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