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According to the CDC, from 2007-2013, the suicide rate for young females went from 2.2 to 3.4 per 100,000. That’s the highest since the 3.1 rate recorded in 1981, when such tracking began.

The suicide rate for girls and young women in the United States continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males

The rate for young males went from 10.7 to 11.9 per 100,000, although the rate seems to have leveled off in the past few years.

The rate for boys and young men increased since 2007, too. And it remains three times higher than the female rate for ages 10 to 24.

Why Do kids Try to Kill Themselves?

· escape from a situation that seemed impossible to deal with or to get relief from really bad thoughts or feelings.

· escape feelings of rejection, hurt, or loss.

· feel angry, ashamed, or guilty about something.

· worried about disappointing friends or family members.

· feel unwanted, unloved, victimized, or like they’re a burden to others.

· Teens with alcohol and drug problems are also more at risk for suicidal thinking and behavior.

In summary, most people who commit suicide have depression. When depression lifts because someone gets the proper therapy or treatment, the distorted thinking is cleared. The person can find pleasure, energy, and hope again.

Warning Signs: There are often signs that someone may be thinking about or planning a suicide attempt. Here are some of them:

· talking about suicide or death in general

· talking about "going away"

· referring to things they "won’t be needing," and giving away possessions

· talking about feeling hopeless or feeling guilty

· pulling away from friends or family and losing the desire to go out

· having no desire to take part in favorite things or activities

· having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly

· experiencing changes in eating or sleeping habits

· engaging in self-destructive behavior (drinking alcohol, taking drugs, or cutting, for example)

When struggling with problems, it helps to:

  • Tell someone you trust what’s going on with you.
  • Be around people who are caring and positive.
  • Ask someone to help you figure out what to do about a problem you’re facing.

· Work with a therapist or counselor if problems are getting you down and depressed — or if you don’t have a strong support network or feel you can’t cope.

· Call a suicide crisis line (such as 1-800-SUICIDE) or your local emergency number (911).

Sources: Multiple including CDC, kidshealth.org

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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