Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Suicide Among Teenagers: A Pandemic Phenomenon

Lately, there was a news about suspected homosexual 13 years old Filipino who shot his rumored former boyfriend and then killed himself afterwards. The contributing factors are rooted from the alleged "third party" who is also a male. The intense jealousy pushes the suspect to commit the "Crime of Passion" as what the Philippine National Police (PNP) describe it. This case is very common among adolescents since they have the feeling of immunity against harmful stimuli and a lot of stressors affect their personality for they are still in the "identity crisis" situation that is asking themselves "Who am I". Suicide is one of the most common cause of death among this age group across the world. To prevent this phenomenon, the health care provider must take seriously the signs of suicide attempts like verbalization of willingness to die and from being pessimistic, there is a sudden optimistic attitude on the patient. Therefore, the most therapeutic approach towards these patients are to make them feel that you are there for moral support and actively listen to their verbalization of problems, and give alternative choices aside from death to compensate his or her problems. Living in this world is full of struggles, one must continue to thrive for survival in order to see the better future and strengthen one's personality.

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