Your gay or lesbian teen may be at risk for depression or even suicide, part 2.

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Your gay or lesbian teen may be at risk for depression or even suicide, part 2.In Part 1, we’ve explained how you can recognize the risks of depression in your gay or lesbian teen and how you can help them. An LGBT teen (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) may also be at risk for suicide. In this situation, they are likely to demonstrate some or all of the signs of clinical depression previously outlined and these are likely to be present at an even stronger level.

If you recognize the following signs in your teen, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Signs of potential suicide may include:

  • Overwhelming sadness or severe mood swings
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep pattern changes
  • Social withdrawal
  • Complete lethargy and lack of interest
  • Absenteeism from school
  • Drug or alcohol use

If your teenager does any of the following, seek the help of a crisis line, doctor, or the police:

  • Talks about committing suicide or saying that he or she would be better off dead, etc.
  • Begins to give away personal possessions
  • Writes a suicide note

Mental health issues among LGBT teens are common. If a teenager in your life is severely depressed, or you fear that he or she may be contemplating suicide, get help immediately. Clinical depression is an extremely serious condition and your actions may save a life.

Your teen needs your help, support, and most of all your understanding!


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