How to know if your teen is depressed or suicidal

By October 27, 2017Depression

In 2012, public health in Oregon found that suicide rates pickup in January, after going down over December, and climb even more into February 커플 각서 다운로드. That suggests that, perhaps, people who are depressed and feeling suicidal, may be postponing it over the festive season.

As parents, it can be scary to even think about it. So when do you take the moodiness of your teenagers seriously, and how can you help them?

What’s the Difference between Adult and Teen Depression?

Depression in teens can look very different from depression in adults, and some of the most common symptoms of teen depression include:

  • Irritability, rather than sadness. A depressed teenager may be grumpy, hostile, easily frustrated, or prone to angry outbursts.
  • Depressed teens often complain about physical aches and pains – if your GP can’t find a medical cause, then these symptoms could indicate depression.
  • Depressed teens often suffer from feelings of worthlessness, making them extremely vulnerable to criticism, rejection, and failure. Over-achievers are particularly vulnerable
  • Depressed adults often isolate themselves, but teenagers usually keep up some friendships, or start spending time with a new crowd.

How Do Parents Deal With Suicide Threats?

Teens battling with serious depression often think and talk about, or make “cry-for-help attempts” at suicide. The fact that teenage depression and suicide is on the rise, any suicidal thoughts or behaviours should always be taken very seriously.

Warning Signs to Look Out For

  • Talking or joking about committing suicide
  • Saying things like “I wish I could disappear forever,” “I’d be better off dead,” or “there’s no way out”
  • Romanticising dying, such as “If I died, people might love me more”
  • Writing poems and stories about death, dying, or suicide
  • Engaging in reckless behaviour or having a lot of accidents resulting in injury
  • Giving away personal possessions, or saying goodbye to friends and family as if it’s for the last time
  • Seeking out weapons, pills, or other ways to kill themselves
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What Should I Do In A Crisis?

DO broach the subject if you think someone is experiencing troubling symptoms, and don’t be afraid to ask what they’re thinking, or if they’re considering suicide. If you know their parents or family members, then make sure they understand what’s going on.

What you can say that helps:

It’s incredibly difficult to know what to say in a situation like this, but comforting, thoughtful and empathetic words can help. For example:

  • You’re not alone in this, I’m here for you
  • I understand you have a real illness, and that’s what’s causing these thoughts and feelings
  • You may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change
  • I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help
  • When you want to give up, tell yourself to hold on for just one more day, hour or minute – whatever you can manage
  • You’re important to me, your life is important to me.

If Your Teen Has Attempted Suicide

  • In an acute crisis, take the person to an emergency room or walk-in clinic
  • Don’t leave the person alone until help is available
  • Remove razor blades, pills, firearms, scissors or anything else that could be used for a suicide attempt
  • If you can’t manage the above options, call your local emergency numbers.

After The Crisis

  • If a person’s been give prescription medication to take, make sure they take it exactly as prescribed
  • Report any unexpected side effects to a doctor
  • Continue to offer support after treatment has been started, and even if they’re starting to get better

Remember, you can speak to one of our doctors right now if you think your teen is suffering from depression – they’ll be able to give you the medical advice you need, and refer you if necessary.