Pediatric Suicide: Establishing a Basis for Probing its Mysteries and Complexities (pp. 11-27)
Authors: (Donald E Greydanus, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America)
Abstract: Humans have been mystified by suicide perhaps from the earliest oral and written
accounts of Homo sapiens. This article considers a variety of issues with reference to
suicide in adolescents and young adults including its history, epidemiology, suicide risk
factors, neurobiology, and management concepts. Suicide remains a major cause of death
in adolescents and young adults but is a preventable condition in most cases if society
provides principles of known prevention and mental health management.
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