Knopf Continued Writing Concerning Suicide In Regards To

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Knopf continued writing concerning suicide in regards to adolescents in an article entitled “How Self-Injury can lead to Suicidality in Teens: Under Study.” Her article focused on the relationship between self-injury and suicide. She stated, “While NSSI [nonsuicidal self-injury] and suicide are distinct behaviors, they frequently co-occur, so it’s important to look at factors that might contribute to the transition from NSSI to suicide.” The studies that she focused on were with non-ideators, that is, adolescents with no current suicide ideation and have not attempted suicide in their lifetimes; suicide ideators, adolescents who currently contemplated suicide but never attempted suicide; and, suicide attempters, those who currently…show more content…
Adolescents with bipolar disorder are not as likely to control their obesity and they are “three times more likely to attempt suicide or have major depressive disorder” than those who do not have BD. In her article, Knopf referenced a study that the National Comorbidity Survey provided: they surveyed adolescents from ages 13 to 17. 295 of them had BD, 1,112 had major depressive disorder (MDD), and 8,716 who had neither. According to the results of the research, there were no significant differences in overweight or obesity: obesity was about 17% in all of the groups that they had surveyed. Although the obesity rate was about the same in all groups, adolescents who had BD and overweight had a notably higher likelihood of attempting suicide, being a victim of sexual abuse, binge eating, and conduct disorder. Currently, the link between BD, overweight, and suicide is unknown. Fortunately, the researcher concluded that an early intervention with adolescents with BD and obesity might improve the future mental and physical health of the adolescents. Knowing and applying this would help youth workers in preventing suicide: they should recommend intervention to parents who have adolescents with these disorder. They could also teach parents to be aware of the medications that their teens are taking. Teenagers with BD and obesity should be taking medications with lower propensity for weight gain. Additionally, they could
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