Pediatricians urged to screen teens for suicide risks
In the wake of new information that suicide has risen to the second-leading cause of death among adolescents, a leading group of physicians is urging pediatricians to screen their patients for suicidal thoughts and risk factors. In a new report, the American Academy of Pediatricians offers guidelines to help identify at-risk teens.
According to the group, some common risk factors doctors should be aware of include:
- family history of suicide
- a history of physical or sexual abuse
- a history of mood disorders
- a history of drug and alcohol use
- lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning sexual orientation
transgender identification
- bullying

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