Signs for people who may commit suicide, and if it is normal. Also included is how it can be prevented.

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Suicides are not normal but I would describe them as common. I do not believe that suicide is wrong. However, I speculate that suicide can be prevented.

Suicides among young people nationwide have increased dramatically in recent years. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds. These figures are shocking spell out that some measures must be taken to reduce suicide rates.

Especially, teenagers feel a great amount of stress, confusion, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, pressure to fit in, financial uncertainty, and other obstacles while growing up. Divorce in the family, the formation of a new family with step-parents and step-siblings, or moving to a new surrounding can be very unsettling and seem devastating. People will often try to commit suicide because it appears to be a "solution." Suicide is often contemplated by people when something occurs in their life, they feel they cannot change.

For instance, someone losing their job, failing in school- but trying as hard as they can, getting picked on by other people, having no one close to them to confide in, etc.

Suicidal feelings are a treatable mental disorder. The person needs to primarily have their illness recognized and diagnosed by a certified physician. Appropriate treatment plans are individually developed to meet the needs of a suicidal person and help them dismiss their suicidal urges. Parents wondering whether their child has a serious problem, a psychiatric examination can be very helpful along with talking to their child's friends and teachers.

The following signs and symptoms have been attributed with people who attempt suicide: change in eating and sleeping habits, withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, violent actions, rebellious behaviour, or running away, drug and alcohol use,