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By Alan Carr

It goals to supply the practitioner with an outline of melancholy, a proof of things that give a contribution to temper problems and tips on their overview and remedy in youth. additionally, it goals to supply a framework for the overview and administration of youth that experience threatened or tried suicide.

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Interventions focusing on cognition The techniques described in this section are family-based variations of interventions developed for use with individual adults in cognitive therapy. Because any adolescent’s belief systems will be inextricably bound up with 30 Parent, adolescent and child training skills their parent’s belief systems, I have found that this family-based approach to cognitive therapy is particularly useful with adolescents. Interventions that focus on cognitions begin by teaching both parents and youngsters to identify automatic thoughts and their impact on mood.

Depression and attempted suicide 49 The 24-hour on-call service Ideally, the no-suicide and monitoring contract are offered as part of therapeutic plan in which the adolescent and parents are given a 24-hour on-call telephone number to contact a member of the treatment team if strong suicidal ideation and intentions persist. This has been shown significantly to reduce the number of suicide attempts and threats (Brent, 1997). Treatment plan The no-suicide and monitoring contract are offered as part of therapeutic plan that involves the adolescent and parents being invited to attend a series of sessions aimed at planning ways to modify risk or precipitating factors that contributed to the suicide attempt or threat.

When the functions of an attempted suicide are understood, the treatment plan should help the youngster find other ways to fulfil these functions. That is, treatment plans should help youngsters: find less destructive ways of regulating difficult psychological states; modify painful situations; express anger assertively; resolve conflicts productively; mourn losses; manage perfectionistic expectations; solicit care and attention from others; and cope with family disorganization. Personality-based factors Personality traits that place adolescents at risk for suicide include hopelessness; perfectionism; impulsivity; hostility and aggression; and an inflexible coping style.

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