Articles containing: suicide

Talking With Children About Suicide

September 27, 2016


Suicide is an unfortunate and unavoidable reality in the lives of children and youth. Whether it occurs with a family member, a classmate or schoolmate, in the community, or in the media, the topic of suicide is complicated and difficult for adults to discuss with children.

Spring Suicide: An (Un)Likely Combination?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

So, we all know that suicide attempts, suicidal thinking and even the tragedy of dying by suicide increase around the winter holidays.

I mean, that’s, like, a given.

The Red Herring Of Guns And Mental Illness

January 26, 2016


Almost by definition, writing about pediatric mental health can be controversial. People don’t always agree on treatments, causes, or even whether children can actually suffer from mental illnesses. We know that from some of the responses we’ve received on other posts.

My Child Is Deliberately Cutting Herself: What Do I Do?

December 1, 2015


When I was in the first year of my psychiatry residency, I learned that patients sometimes cut their own skin.

I learned that some people take sharp objects and make (mostly) superficial cuts on their forearms or legs, or elsewhere on their bodies.

Doing What We Ought To Be Doing Already: An Approach To World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

That seems straightforward enough.

Suicide is awful, more common than you’d think, and in many cases, highly preventable.

Perhaps most important, in virtually every culture and every ethnic group on the planet, suicide is highly stigmatized.

Predicting The Next Mental Health Crisis: Sometimes We Just Can’t Know

When tragedies hit, it is in our nature to ask why.  The co-pilot in the horrific Germanwings crash had serious mental health problems, according to reports.

When A Teen Talks Suicide

“Doctor, he said he just doesn’t care about living anymore. He’s been really upset for a while, and when his girlfriend broke things off, he just shut down.”

Steve and I get calls like this all too frequently.

Situations like this are terribly frightening for parents.

The Death Of Robin Williams: Two Psychiatrists’ Perspectives

No one can deny that the untimely death of Robin Williams has affected us all in a multitude of different ways. In two separate blogs below, Drs. Schlozman and Beresin reflect on Mr. Williams’ legacy, what he meant—and still means—to them, and what we can all learn from this tragic loss.

Did The Black Box Warning For Antidepressants Risk Greater Depression & Suicidal Behavior In Youth?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the difficult decision to apply a “black box” warning to virtually all antidepressant medications.

Sasha’s Story

March 31, 2014


The parents of a champion swimmer who committed suicide, and the psychiatrist who treated her, tell parents how to recognize signs of serious trouble.