Teen Suicide Causes
What are the teen suicide causes?
Understanding what causes suicide helps us know when it might be a possibility. Many people think of suicide as self-destructive, and it is. But the person contemplating suicide often sees it as self-care – a way out of unendurable physical, mental or emotional pain.
What situations cause such pain that life seems not worth living?
The number one cause of suicide is untreated depression.
Besides depression there is also:
- Mental illness. The major mental illnesses are sometimes so difficult to endure that suffers sometimes opt to end their lives. These might include:
- Major depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Loss of a loved
- Loss of the love of a loved one.
- Loss of status
- Loss of income
- Loss of livelihood
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Abuse of any kind
- Ridicule (A number of teens who have committed suicide were being ridiculed or bullied at school. We all remember Columbine.)
- Chronic severe physical pain, such as from terminal illness.
People who suffer major mental illnesses need treatment and supportive therapy as well as support from family and friends.
Often when people suffer extreme loss, the emotional pain is severe at first, but later decreases. Helping people who are suffering emotional pain realize it will pass is critical.
Four out of five people who commit suicide present early warning signs.