What to Do?
Sometimes life just seems too difficult. It is not unusual for people to have passing thoughts of suicide, especially after a traumatic event or loss of a loved one. It usually doesn't mean they really want to end their lives as much as they just want to end the emotional pain.
However, if you have recurring thoughts of death, and especially if you are thinking about a definite plan to end your life, it is very important to get help by talking with a health care professional. You can talk to a school counselor or psychologist, as well as your doctor, especially if you feel you cannot talk with your parents or friends.
Being a teenager can be quite turbulent; therefore, it is important to reach out before feelings of helplessness cause social withdrawal.
Suicide is reported to be the third leading cause of death among people 15 to 25 years of age, and the statistics are increasing. The leading cause of suicide is untreated depression. Here are some of the signs and symptoms to look for in yourself and others.
Signs & Symptoms of Depression
- Persistently sad mood
- Feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
- Increased anger, fighting, and self-destructive behavior
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Social withdrawal
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
- Excessive or uncontrollable crying
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Preoccupation with thoughts of death
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Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (Santa Clara)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (San Mateo)
See our Coping with Depression article.