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By: Alen Taylor

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The Loss of a Child by Suicide

The ultimate tragedy of being a parent is to outlive one's child, psychology experts say, explaining that the untimely demise of a child may bring an overwhelming feeling of grief, unbearable sadness, utter powerlessness, and sense of failure for protecting his or her subject of affection.

Alongside the death of a child is the loss of hopes, dreams, and expectations that a parent may have envisioned for that child, truly one of the heaviest burdens a parent may bear in his or her lifetime. An ugly truth that leaves a gaping void in parents’ hearts that may not be willing to be once again fulfilled.

However, no matter the circumstances surrounding the death, no amount of time and experience may have ever prepared a parent for the loss his or her child by suicide, according to psychology experts. Losing a loved one may be devastating, but coping to a child’s death by suicide may be just as damaging if not greater, a kind of fatality that may leave questions eternally unanswered, prolonging and intensifying the grief and mourning of the surviving family.

While suicide is relatively rare among children, the rates of attempted and completed suicides reportedly show a substantial increase in adolescents, according to child psychiatry experts. Demography reports also reckon that suicide has also reportedly become the third and fourth leading cause of death in adolescents and children respectively.

Although complexities surround the reasons behind a child's attempted or succeeded suicide, most psychiatric experts attribute the prevalence of suicide among the youth to problems such as disruptive or aggressive behaviors, substance abuse, and depression. The rates of completed suicides in some children and adolescents may also be accounted for rather easy access to firearms at home, according to government statistics, demonstrating that nearly 60 percent of suicides attempted at home were committed through the use of a gun. Medications also play a role in numerous suicide attempts in kids and teenagers. Overdosing with over-the-counter pills, non-prescription or prescription medicines have been reportedly one of the most common methods in attempted and completed suicides among the youth.

Additionally, children with major depressive disorder may be seven times more likely to try suicide, child psychiatry experts say, adding that about 22 percent of depressed children will try suicide.

While treatment for depression involves psychiatric medication, some formulations have been reported to worsen depressive symptoms in children that may potentially increase the risk for suicide. Antidepressants including Paxil have been associated with increased suicide ideation (plans or thoughts of attempting of suicide) in children, adolescents, and even young adults which reportedly harbored a warning from the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2004. Visit for more relevant information.

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