Troubled Teens and Threats of Suicide

Troubled Teens and Threats of Suicide 


C.A.R.E. is an assortment of licensed residential treatment centers offering critical services to troubled teens who are desperate for the treatment of behaviors associated with threats of suicide. We strive to provide a solid foundation and give troubled teens the techniques necessary to get through the hard times and live a healthy lifestyle. Our school provides a unique and structured learning environment that is specifically designed to help troubled teens excel. We employ a seasoned and dedicated staff of professionals who are trained to figure out what your child needs to overcome his or her suicidal behaviors and be successful in academics and in life. 

Often, a teenager's threat of suicide is simply the manifestation of a desire to be heard. There are many issues in a child’s life that can play a part when a teenager threatens suicide. Sometimes they are looking for attention, and sometimes they have every intention of following through with their threats. Regardless of the motivation, parents should never treat it as an empty threat. When troubled teens threaten suicide, parents should act quickly and ask questions later.

Suicide Warning Signs

   Change in eating and sleeping habits
   Withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities
   Violent actions, rebellious behavior, or running away
   Drug and alcohol use
   Unusual neglect of personal appearance
   Marked personality change
   Persistent boredom or difficulty concentrating
   Frequent complaints about physical symptoms
   Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
   Not tolerating praise or rewards
   Complaining of being a bad person or feeling "rotten inside"
   verbally hinting with statements like,"Nothing matters," "It's no use,"
   Giving away favorite possessions
   Throwing away important belongings
   Becoming suddenly cheerful after a period of depression
   Having signs of bizarre thoughts

If your child threatens to commit suicide, always take his or her statement seriously, acknowledge the legitimacy of his or her feelings, and seek evaluation from a child or adolescent psychiatrist. Also, don't be afraid to talk to your child about their feelings. Asking will not encourage your child to do something they were not already thinking about. Asking will let your child know that you care, and that it is okay for him or her to talk about their problems.

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