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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:07 PM

Study Questions Effectiveness of Therapy for Suicidal Teenagers.

Most adolescents who plan or attempt suicide have already received at least some mental health treatment, raising questions about the effectiveness of current approaches to helping troubled youths, according to the largest in-depth analysis to date of suicidal behaviors in American teenagers.

The study, in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that 55 percent of suicidal teenagers had received some therapy before they thought about suicide, planned it or tried to kill themselves, contradicting the widely held belief that suicide is due in part to a lack of access to treatment.

The findings, based on interviews with a nationwide sample of more than 6,000 teenagers and at least one parent of each, linked suicidal behavior to complex combinations of mood disorders like depression and behavior problems like attention-deficit and eating disorders, as well as alcohol and drug abuse.

The study found that about one in eight teenagers had persistent suicidal thoughts at some point, and that about a third of those who had suicidal thoughts had made an attempt, usually within a year of having the idea.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/health/gaps-seen-in-therapy-for-suicidal-teenagers.html?hp

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:18 PM

1. I'm not trying to be funny, not at all, but that was a depressing OP. How can we help these kids??

K&R

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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:19 PM

2. I know it was, but thought it was DU-worthy.

Yes, how CAN we help???

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:25 PM

3. I wish I knew. Further research seems off in the distance....too sad.

I don't know if other countries are finding the same obstacles, but I wonder.

Depressing OP but excellent topic..thanks.

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