The Keio Journal of Medicine
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Suicide in Adolescents: A Worldwide Preventable Tragedy
Donald E. GreydanusFlora BacopoulouEmmanuel Tsalamanios
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2009 Volume 58 Issue 2 Pages 95-102

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The tragedy of suicide in adolescents is experienced by all countries of the world with as many as 200,000 youth and young adults ending their life in the prime of their life because of self-murder each year. Such a tragedy should be unacceptable to clinicians of the world and this article examines factors leading to such death in our youth with recommendations on how to prevent such a worldwide carnage. A major issue in suicide prevention is to screen all children and adolescents for depression and other factors that may trigger suicide in adolescence.

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