Clipped From Ironwood Daily Globe
Is this typical adolescent behavior, or is something more seriously wrong? "Not all instances of boredom or moodiness indicate a psychological problem, especially if they occur for only brief periods of time," according to Stephen Small, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension human development specialist. "But it can be difficult to diagnose true depression among teens because parents may not recognize the warning signs and attribute behavioral changes to adolescence." During the past 40 years,, adolescent suicide rates have tripled in the United States, making suicide the second leading cause of teen deaths. A UW-Extension survey of more than 60,000 teens in Wisconsin found 21 percent of boys and 30 percent of girls say they have thought about or considered suicide in the past month. While some teen suicide attempts are impulsive reactions to immediate disappointments, such as a break-up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, Small said most teens who attempt suicide have been having trouble coping with a series of difficulties or disappointments.