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Could my teen be suicidal?

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Nov. 4, 2016

My 17 year old daughter has been struggling with a lot of things and I'm getting really worried about her. She's been saying things like,"I quit," and"There's just nothing left in my life anymore." Could she be suicidal?

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Hello, I am almost 16 years old and a girl as well. I would keep an eye on her. she is probably just going through a hard time and is feeling hopeless, just motivate her. I hope everything turns out okay.

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Do ANYTHING you possibly can. I lost a friend to suicide who didn't even show signs. He was your typical Robin Williams. Super happy all the time, always wanted to put a smile on someone else's face and would drop everything he was doing if you needed help. Sit her down and talk to her. My mom thought I was depressed and suicidal. I didn't think I was. Turns out I had "Winter Depression" which really stunk living in Ohio. It was from a lack of vitamins. I just wasn't myself and was always lethargic during the winter which wasn't me at all. Get her involved in something that will help build character, has something to do with her interests, and is team building. It gives teens a sense of purpose and self worth and gives them the opportunity to explore their talents. For me that was dramatic arts. Choir, Vocal Impact, fall plays and spring musicals at my high school. My years were filled to the brim with nothing but music and dancing and I can honestly say I wouldn't be who I am today without all of that.

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User in Maurice, LA
July 2, 2015

Emotions can be a big problem for teens to handle. Her saying those things are not what should be raising concerns its the fashion in which they are said. Some people will say things such as that in a care free or joking manner. Not to make light of what she is saying but it is important to observe her overall mood rather than what she says. Regardless of all of that, if you even suspect your child to be capable of self harm approach her in a non-threatening environment and suggest counseling and then send her to a therapist.

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User in Florence, AL
July 1, 2015

yes so you might wanna keep a close eye her just in case.

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It's sounds like she may be. I was suicidal around that time and I wish that I had received help. You have to be very delicate in these situations. You should probably have a talk with your daughter about maybe receiving therapy if you are able to. A huge thing about depression is that a lot of the time, they don't feel that their feelings of sadness are valid because there might be nothing bad going on in their lives, but mental illness doesn't discriminate. You should research the symptoms of depression and do your best to let her know that she has every right to feel sad. Depression also causes lack of motivation, so don't push her too hard or she'll just get upset. Maybe try to gently nudge her in the right direction, so she can get the help she needs.

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User in Irvine, CA
Aug. 11, 2015

As an 18 year old who has been through the whole 9 yards of depression and anxiety, I would suggest sitting down with your daughter and talking to her about the things she is saying. After that, you should take her to see a therapist so she can talk about what she is feeling and get the tools she needs to cope. The best thing you can do in this situation is make sure she knows how much you love her and that you are there for her no matter what, and get help for her before it's too late. This could easily just be a stress reaction and not actually something serious, but you have to take this very seriously and let her know that you are there to help.

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User in Portland, ME
Aug. 28, 2015

She could be. You must take those things seriously because a big sign in suicidal behavior Is reaching out for help, however quiet that reaching could be

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I would keep an eye on her just in case. Make sure she doesn'HIDDENhave access HIDDEN any drugs that she could overdose on, that she isn'HIDDENcutting her wrists, and look for things like sleeping for more hours than she needs (9+), and if she shows almost or no joy in doing things she usually loves doing because these could be signs of depression. 

Keep in mind that the above paragraph is just the extreme possibilities.

It might just be temporary so I wouldn'HIDDENbe too worried. You want HIDDEN make her feel like you are there for her but not like you are smothering her or like you are all up in her business. 

You know how hard it is HIDDEN be a girl at that age. All the hormones and feeling like every little problem will just never end and is the end of the world. ;)

You should also talk HIDDEN her and let her know about your concerns. Hopefully she will open up and let you know what is bothering her. If not make sure she has someone HIDDEN talk HIDDEN about this stuff like a close friend of hers or a family member close HIDDEN her age. 

Maybe open up with something like: "Hey, I noticed that seem kind of down lately or like something is bothering you." and then just wait. Give her sometime HIDDEN process her thoughts and decide if she wants HIDDEN talk HIDDEN you about it. If she doesn'HIDDENreally respond I would suggest a story about one your experiences when you were around that age when you went through something hard just HIDDEN let her know that you kinda get what she might be going through.

If neither of those work or she says she doesn'HIDDENwant HIDDEN talk just says that's okay and you understand but that she should find someone HIDDEN talk HIDDEN about it. 

Your daughter just seems like a typical 17 year old girl. But, I don'HIDDENknow her at all so if your gut is telling you something is going on then listen HIDDEN it.   

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I don't know if she is or not but I was a depressed teenager and going to a therapist and group therapy for teens, just to talk, really helped me a lot. I did not want to go at first but my parents made me and after I went, I loved it. I am now a very happy adult and have never felt that that again. Teens just go through a lot of changes and hormones.

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