Teen Suicide


By Amanda (Meserve) Childers
Kim Elliot-White
COM/150 Effective Essay Writing
March 5, 2010

Gary Rosenburg quotes “People expect you to act like an adult yet often continue to treat you like a child.   A suicidal person can trap himself or herself in a corner.   The escape from that is possible when the suicidal person can take the risk and view the dilemma from a new perspective and be open to establishing new ideas and behaviors.”   There are many myths, misconceptions, half-truths, and fallacies about suicide.   This is not surprising given the taboos, fears, and stigmas that still surround this topic.
Suicide is a topic that people would rather avoid thinking of or speaking of; as if mentioning it will conjure up the act.   The subject of teen suicide has an extra taboo on how it reflects on parents.   After all, if parents of a child that has killed himself or herself or has tried to, the parents somehow hold themselves responsible.   It must be their fault.   They must be bad parents.   Bad parents do not necessarily cause a suicide, although family problems and lack of communication can play a major role in teen depression and suicidal actions.   Most parents of suicidal young people do care about them very much.   However, if the communication has broken down or parental expectations are unrealistic, the sense of caring can be lost in the midst of the screaming and yelling; or the hurt and angry withdrawal.   (Moskos, Achilles, Gary)
Some of the warning signs of suicide: 1) Pervious suicide attempts: is anyone who has made a previous attempt at harming him or herself is always is always considered high risk for another attempt.   2) Talks or thoughts of suicide or death: is anytime a teen begins to discuss suicide or seems to concentrate on the thoughts of death, this situation may be critical.   3) Changes in personality or mood: are teens in a midst of immense physical and psychological changes, so it may be difficult to tell if...