Raising a healthy and well rounded teen girl in today’s society is no easy task, especially when you consider just how many things out there can slowly chip away at your daughter’s psychological health. Here is a brief overview at some of the biggest factors that contribute to suicide risk in teen girls.
Psychological or mental disorder is perhaps the greatest risk factor for suicide. The category of mental disorders is wide ranging, including disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. In teens who have some sort of mental disorder, it is essential to seek professional help and to follow a treatment regimen prescribed by a medical professional.
Drug, prescription drug, and alcohol abuse is another major risk factor for suicide in teens. Addiction itself could be considered a type of mental disorder, and often addiction occurs as a result of—or intensifies—symptoms of mental disorder.
History of abuse or trauma
A history of abuse or trauma may take years to recover from, contributing to a cycle of depression and suicide attempts. This is why it is essential to seek professional treatment for history of abuse or trauma as soon as possible.
We’ve spoken a lot about mental illness, but don’t underestimate the damaging psychological effects of physical illness. Physical illness, in addition to the psychological torment it can cause, may also involve taking highly addictive prescription medication as part of treatment. While these medications may be effective, they can be dangerous when in the hands of a troubled teen.
Recent serious loss
Has your teen recently lost a friend, family member, or pet; broken up with a serious boyfriend or girlfriend; seen their parents divorced; or seen a parent lose their job? Serious losses such as these can be enough to put your teen into an at-risk state.
Being a victim of bullying is a major risk factor, and studies have shown that even bullies themselves are at a higher risk for suicide. Keep in mind that the term “bullying” may also refer to cyber bullying on social media.
These, of course, are not the only factors that can contribute to teen suicide risk. Other factors that may contribute include:
- Family history of suicide
- Exposure to others who have attempted or committed suicide
- Prior suicide attempts
- Lack of social support
- Struggles with sexual orientation
- Access to to methods or means of suicide
If you fear that your teen may be at risk for suicide, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Waiting is simply not a risk worth taking.