“Dying Before Their Time: The Startling Trends in Adolescent Suicide”

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According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents aged 15-24 years old. This calculates to 33,000 adolescents killing themselves each year (CDC, 2010). The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), reported that suicide amongst all individuals nation wide has declined over all, but despite the decline, adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 have shown suicide rates that has increased by 6 percent (NCSL, 2005). The most staggering number, however, comes from the population of children between the ages of 10 and 14. For these individuals, suicide rates have increased by more than 100 percent (NCSL, 2005). In this paper, I seek to address the…show more content…
Secondly, according to research, suicides are almost always thought-out and planned before they occur. The CDC reports that for ages 15-24, there are 100-200 attempts for every completed fatalistic suicide (CDC, 2009).Researchers all agree that males commit fatalistic suicide more than females and that women attempt suicide more than males.\According to NCPAMD, these differences in suicide can be attributed to the fact that boys are more violent than girls which means they are more likely to die by gunshot or hanging, where as women are more likely to try to kill themselves by other means such as overdosing on pills (NCPAMD,2010).
According to the Northern County Psychiatric Associates of Maryland (NCPAMD), there are two types of suicidal youth. Type 1 consists of Adolescents who are chronically or severely depressed (NCPAMD, 2004). These people often think about and carefully plan their suicides (NCPAMD, 2004). Type 2 consists of Adolescents who show impulsive suicidal behavior. These people often engage in aggressive and reckless behavior towards others (NCPAMD, 2004). Sociologist Thomas Joiner states that the major factors in suicide are “Thwarted love, assaulted self image, fractured control, and excessive anger related to frustrated needs for dominance” (Joiner, 2005).
Thirdly, According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),
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