Most youngsters who have been questioned after a suicide attempt say that what causes teenage suicide are feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Suicidal youngsters frequently feel like they are in conditions that have no solutions. The youngsters can see no way out but death. The youngsters sense like they have no control to change their circumstances. Other emotional teenager suicide causes stop from trying to escape feelings of pain, rejection, hurt, being unloved, victimization or loss. Youngsters may feel like their feelings are insupportable and will never end, so the only way to escape is suicide. Youngsters may also be scared of disappointing others or feel like they are a burden to others, such as their parents, and these can be additional causes of teenage suicide.
What causes youngsters to attempt suicide?
The teenage years are a stressful developmental period filled with major changes — body changes, changes in point of view, and changes in feelings. Tough feelings of stress, confusion, fear, and insecurity, as well as pressure to succeed, and the capability to think about things in new ways, influence a teenager’s problem-solving and decision-making abilities. For particular youngsters, regular developing changes, when compounded by other events or changes in their families, such as divorce or moving to a new community, changes in friendships, difficulties in school, or other losses, can be very hurtful and can become irresistible. Problems may seem too difficult or uncomfortable to overcome. For some, suicide may seem like a solution.
Warning signs of suicidal feelings, thoughts, or behavior:
- Changes in eating and sleep habits
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Withdrawal from friends and family members
- Acting out behaviors and running away
- Alcohol and drug use
- Neglect of personal appearance
- Unnecessary risk-taking
- Preoccupation with death and dying
- Increased physical complaints frequently related to emotional pain, such as heartburns, headaches, and exhaustion
- Loss of interest in school or schoolwork
- Feelings of boredom
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of wanting to die
- Lack of response to praise
- Bounces away favorite assets; throw away important properties
- Develops unexpectedly cheerful after a period of depression