Topics: Bullying, Abuse, Suicide Pages: 3 (812 words) Published: December 3, 2012
parents, friends, and other concerned people should be on the lookout for signs of depression in children and teens, especially those who have been bullies or bully victims. Some signs of depression can include: * Long lasting sadness or irritability, including unexplained outbursts of crying or anger * Sudden loss of interest in activities the person usually enjoys * Withdrawal from others

* Changes in sleep patterns, either sleeping a lot or not being able to sleep * Sudden changes in appetite or eating habits
* Always feeling tired or slow
* Being restless, anxious, or worried
* Not being able to concentrate or think clearly
* Feeling worthless, guilty, helpless, or hopeless
* Aches and pains with no obvious physical cause
* Thinking or talking about death or suicide, such as saying that the world would be better without them or that they wish that they were dead * Giving away prized possessions or saying good-bye to people can be sign of suicidal thoughts or intentions

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Stop Bullying Now! "All About Bullying: Why Should Adults Care?" [online] The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming:
* Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it. Bully-related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying, including physical bullying, emotional bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting, or circulating suggestive or nude photos or messages about a...
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