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Suicide Youth ADD/ADHD & Depression

Suicide in Youth with ADD/ADHD



Suicide Risk in Youth with ADD/ADHD

Suicide in Youth with ADD/ADHD

Of those children who committed suicide, 5 – 11 year olds were more likely to have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as revealed in a recent study in Pediatrics revealed that.  Teenagers 12 – 14 year olds, were more likely to suffer from depression or dysthymia, and one third (1/3) of children had a mental illness.  In order to determine the cause of suicide of children 5 to 14 years old, the study reviewed data from the National Violent Death Reporting System from 2003 to 2012.

 
Of those children who committed suicide,young school aged children were more likely to have family or friend relationship problems.  In contrast, teenagers were more likely to have boyfriends or girlfriend relationship problems.  The study also revealed that there was a higher rate of suicides among black youth than young of other races.  In addition, 29% of young children and teenagers told someone about their intention to commit suicide before they attempted to do so. 
 

Suicide Warning Signs

 

Warning signs include, but are not limited to increased seclusion and alone time, increased time spent in their room alone, decreased time spent with friends, decreased time spent in school activities, poor grades or a drop in grades, poor communication, discussion of a desire to commit suicide, increased temper, increased frustration.

 
 

National Suicide Prevention Line

 
An excellent resource is The National Suicide Prevention Line.  There are many tools available on their website, suicidepreventionlifeline.org.  In addition, their Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Online Chat is also available.  If Chat is unavailable, then please call the Lifeline, as help is available 24/7.  It is anonymous and confidential.  
 

Positivity during depression can be helpful, so that the child at risk does not feel so helpless and alone.  For older children, they can call the hotline.  They can text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.  Also, consider having a professional and/or you do affirmation work with your child.  Daily affirmations can be one of many tools that help.  Lastly, a professional psychologist and/or psychiatrist may be beneficial as well.

  

Summary

 

It is important to (1) know the warning signs for suicide among young children and teens, (2) be aware that ADD, ADHD and depression place these children at a higher suicide risk, and (3) know where to call for help.

 

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