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Are there suicide warning signs in bipolar children and teens?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The list here includes risk factors not signs.  Signs include: Giving prized possessions away; Making statements about not wanting to be here, wishing s/he were dead;  social withdrawal and isolation; talking about suicide and/or death frequently; decline in  personal appearance.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Suicide remains very common among teens and children with bipolar disorder. With treatment, the painful thoughts and emotions can be kept under wraps. The sooner they get help, the better. So keep your eye out for several warning signs. Be aware of a child or teen that stops caring about his appearance, seems to lose interest in activities or topics that previously were the coolest thing ever, and gives away cherished possessions such as electronics or a favorite shirt. A child who withdraws socially and isolates himself may also have suicidal thoughts. If a child or teen talks about hurting himself, or about death or suicide, seek help from a trained professional.

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