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.
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
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.
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.