Families: Catching Teens in Time

It's suicide season in the teenage world. How can you spot a dangerously depressed girl or boy?

Moody. Difficult. Distant. Teenagers can be all these things and more. Most of the time such behavior means little--just adolescents going through the motions of growing up. But for more than 2,000 American teenagers who end their lives each year, these are the signs of impending disaster. The suicide rate for adolescents has more than doubled since the 1960s. So the challenge for parents is to be able to tell the difference between normal teen angst and terminal despair.

Solving that puzzle is even more imperative at this time of year. Late spring and early summer are the most common seasons...

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