Study finds suicidal thoughts may be prevalent in pre-teens

June 04, 2019 07:25 PM

When parents worry about suicidal thoughts and behaviors, they're usually thinking about high school-aged students. However, a new study shows the issue may be prevalent in preteens as well.

A new study finds nearly a third of children between the ages of 10 and 12 screen positive for suicide risk in the emergency department.

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Seven percent of children who came for physical complaints also screened positive for suicide risk.

It can be difficult for teens and pre-teens to have those conversations with their mom and dad. So it's important for parents to be on the lookout for any sudden and unexplained changes in their child's behavior.

"If there are things you are seeing, which are not making any sense, and/or, your child is behaving differently - he or she was an 'A' grade student and now is slipping; or just doesn't care about things, or not taking good personal hygiene issues - there might be something going on worth thinking about," said Dr. Purva Grover, with Cleveland Clinic Children's.

Grover says children and teens often seek treatment for repeat stomach pain or other physical symptoms - so, sometimes by asking the right questions, a mental health issue is revealed.


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