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Adolescent stress a likely factor in increasing suicide rates

James Demer, MDChildren growing up today are exposed to almost constant social media, which adds to the pressures of adolescence at a time when the suicide rate among youngsters is rising. James Demer, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Upstate, talks about the importance of maintaining communication and keeping track of any troubling changes in teens, and guiding them toward professional help when necessary as a way to help prevent teen suicide. He reviews risk factors and explains how a young person‘s primary care doctor is often the go-to person about whether and where to seek help.