Study Shows Spike In Suicide Rates Among Teens In US

September 3, 2008

According to a new study, the suicide rate among teens continues to rise at a considerable rate.  The suicide rate fell for 15 years straight before spiking 18% in 2004, and continues to be of major concern......Boston (ChattahBox) – According to a new study, the suicide rate among teens continues to rise at a considerable rate.  The suicide rate fell for 15 years straight before spiking 18% in 2004, and continues to be of major concern.

Since 2004 though, the suicide rate dropped again by 5% in 2005.  The issue though is that the suicide rate now is still much higher than it has been over the course of the past decade.

The fear is that this is going to lead to a major public health crisis.

Researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University, as well as the Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Ohio have been working with information provided by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Their findings reveal that the suicide rates in youngsters in teh U.S. between 10 and 19 is higher in 2004 and 2005 compared ot the period of 1996 to 2003.

Researchers see a clear need to deal with this, as in the past studies have linked antidepressants to suicidal thoughts in teens in the U.S.

The study continues to look at more causes, such as untreated depression, U.S. veterans coming home, etc.

The research has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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