Attention Deficit Disorder Linked to Suicides of the Very Young

Thankfully, very few children aged 5 to 11 take their own lives, but attention deficit disorder (ADD) is the reason they do, according to a study in Pediatrics. Eight-seven children in that age bracket took their own lives between 2003 and 2012. Meanwhile, during the same period, depression was the leading cause for the 606 adolescents aged 12 to 14 who did.


“Compared with early adolescents who died by suicide, children who died by suicide were more commonly male, black, died by hanging/strangulation/suffocation, and died at home,” the study stated. It added: “These findings raise questions about impulsive responding to psychosocial adversity in younger suicide decedents, and they suggest a need for both common and developmentally-specific suicide prevention strategies during the elementary school–aged and early adolescent years.”