The teen years are a stressful
time. They are filled with major changes. These include body changes, changes in
thoughts, and changes in feelings. Strong feelings of stress, confusion, fear, and doubt
may affect a teen’s problem-solving and decision-making. He or she may also feel a
pressure to succeed.
For some teens, normal developmental changes can be very unsettling when combined with
other events, such as:
- Changes in their families, such as
divorce, siblings moving out, or moving to a new town
- Changes in friendships
- Problems in school
- Other losses
These problems may seem too hard or embarrassing to overcome. For some, suicide may
seem like a solution.