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Adolescent Suicide: A Growing Issue
Destiny Marie Johnson
General Psychology 201
24 March 2014
The topic of my paper is to investigate adolescent suicide, its causes, "target" demography, preventable measures, and possibility of universal traits of the above; specifically, if these traits are applicable to humanity in general and not to just one city, state, country, or landmass. Questions to be answered are: What causes suicide? Are there reasons/origins of these causes? Is suicide particular to one race, status, or gender? Has the rate of suicide gone up or down in recent years? Is suicide preventable? Can any or all of these variables be successfully applied to people of every nation? Specifically, the data collected points to a simple vicious cycle. Numerous possible stressors introduced to an individual causes negative attitude/ mental health.
This negative mental health then causes negative thoughts and views of self/world. This then causes noticeable negative behavior. This negative behavior is either ignored, causing a sense of isolation, or punished; a given negative stimuli for a negative stimuli. This fact causes even further damage to the psyche and increase chances of extreme stress. This then causes mental disease, which often leads to depression or depressive symptoms. This then leads to suicide contemplation, and acts of self-harm. Given time without intervention, coupled with a negative behavior stimuli cycle, this has a high chance of leading to suicidal action.
The Psychology of Adolescent Suicide
Adolescence is a time of discovery and growth. The full faculties of an individual's mind and body are finally beginning to show themselves. The individual is (most likely) in high school studying hard and getting good grades, making friends and memories along the way.