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Teen suicide: What parents and caregivers need to know

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-- Being the victim of bullying

-- Being uncertain of sexual orientation

-- Exposure to the suicide of a family member or friend

-- Begin adopted

-- Family history of mood disorder or suicidal behavior

What role do antidepressants play?


Most antidepressants are generally safe, but the Food and Drug Administration requires that all antidepressants carry black box warnings, the strictest warnings for prescriptions. The warnings call attention to the fact that children, teenagers and young adults under 25 might have an increase in suicidal thoughts or behavior when taking antidepressants, especially in the first few weeks after starting or when the dose is changed.

Keep in mind that antidepressants are more likely to reduce suicide risk in the long run by improving mood.

What are the warning signs that a teen might be suicidal?

Warning signs of teen suicide might include:


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