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SUICIDAL THOUGHTS & WARNING SIGNS IN TEENS
Suicidal ideations, commonly used interchangeably with suicidal thoughts, are thoughts, ideas, and or fantasies related to committing suicide.
There are an incredible amount of transitions and growth that occurs during the adolescent stage of one’s life. There will undoubtedly be moments of turmoil, failures, great happiness, successes, and everything in between. Teenagers will feel overwhelmed at times and a teen may get to a point where he or she feels that life is unbearable. Infrequent thoughts such as these, however, can fall into range of normalcy in adolescence, but it is definitely important to pay close attention to your teen if he or she ever expresses these feelings. Young people may have suicidal thoughts, which can range from fleeting thoughts to planning out the way in which one wants to end his or her life.
There are several warning signs of a teenager with suicidal thoughts. Below are examples of some of the warning signs of suicidal ideation in a teen:
• Extreme mood swings
• Social isolation
• Regularly talking about death
• Shift in sleeping patterns
• Change in diet
• Feeling trapped or hopeless
• Giving possessions away without reason
• Engaging in risky and or self-destructive behaviors
• Developing personality changes
Many physiological shifts and changes occur during one’s adolescent maturation process. Every young person is different, and it is not uncommon for a teenager to keep his or her thoughts to him or herself. Though it may be challenging, it is imperative to be on the lookout for signs of suicidal thoughts in your teen, as if left untreated, a teenager with active suicidal ideations can result in serious injury or death.
At Pacific Teen Treatment, we make sure to create a personalized treatment plan for all of our teenagers. There are several factors that play into a treatment plan developed for a young person with suicidal thoughts. When doing our initial evaluation, there are many considerations we take into account before creating a suicide treatment plan. Some of them, for example, include: the young person’s personal health history, the extent of his or her suicidal symptoms, and the current health of the teenager are all essential factors that play into one’s treatment plan.
We offer many different therapeutic modalities at Pacific Teen Treatment. It is essential for a young person to feel safe when exploring his or her emotions and or experiences that have led to his or her suicidal ideations. Our residential treatment facility provides a safe and healing environment for all of its residents. This can allow the young person to devote all of his or her attention and energy to treatment. Depending on the young person’s specific treatment plan, we offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), individual talk therapy, and group therapy. With the proper treatment, your teenager can go on to live a happy and fulfilling life.
All that can occur surrounding a teenager with suicidal thoughts can impact, not only the teen suffering from it, but all people that surround and support the young person. We make sure to teach our residents healthy skills and tools to integrate into their everyday lives. Yoga, meditation, exercise, and proper diet are all fundamental components of Pacific Teen Treatment, and will help with our residents with their respective treatment process, while also setting each one up for success post-treatment.
Every family in need of mental health treatment must select a program that will best suit the needs of their family. When one member of a family struggles, it impacts everyone in the family unit. In order to maximize the benefits of treatment we work closely with the entire family to ensure that everyone is receiving the support they need through these difficult times.
Seeking help is never easy, but you are not alone! If you or someone you know is in need of mental health treatment, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help as quickly as possible. It is not uncommon for many mental health difficulties to impact a person’s life, long term. Seeking support at the beginning of one’s journey can put the individual in the best position to learn how to manage themselves in a healthy way so they can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.
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