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Teenage Suicide - Risk, Causes

Abstract: Causes of teenage suicide , list of risk factors.

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Teenage Suicide - Risk, Causes

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Written by: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.

What are the risk factors and causes for teenage suicide?


Someone is regarded as an immediate suicide risk if he or she is currently:
  • Experiencing severely depressed mood
  • Hallucinating commands to commit suicide
  • Hopeless and pessimistic
  • Self-blaming and guilty
  • Expressing intent to harm him or herself
A person is also regarded as an immediate suicide risk after a suicidal act if this entailed:
  • Careful preparation of the act
  • Precautions to avoid interruption or rescue
  • A suicide note and an "ordering" of personal affairs
  • The expectation of the method being fatal
  • Remorse at the failure of the act
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