Teen Girls – Suicide on the Rise

Holy Hormones Journal: Teen suicides are sad to see – period. There are so many factors that might play into this tragedy – including bullying, poverty – violence against women – and violence in general. I guess if 1 in 3 women will be abused in their lifetime – one must ask if these girls were carrying a secret trauma that they felt they could not share with anyone?

Many of my followers know that I have worked with at-risk girls ages 13 to 17 years old who were already in jail and and now in safe home treatment centers. That is where I caught up with them and shared information on menstrual health education, values, choices, women’s history – in other words empowered them. But the knowledge they gained from understanding their mind, mood and behaviors as they fluctuated throughout their cycle was the most important piece.

I developed a colorful chart with stickers and markers where these girls could keep track of their emotions in relation to where they were in their menstrual cycle. No matter the girl, the abuse, her age, her background, values, looks, religion – every single girl in those classes went from using pastel markers to chart – harsh to blacks and browns colors and markings. Thoughts of suicide and other self-destructive behaviors always came up during the premenstrual phase. The amazing and most significant healing from reading the charts, was that the girls understood that the paramenstrum was a phase – not a prison sentence.  Once their hormones started rising – so did their emotional state.

Unfortunately – no sadly, most girls do not get this type of information and they are held victims to their bodies and their state of minds. The CDC, and other government agencies do not understand what is going on with this rise in suicides – because they do not use menstrual cycle evaluation as a criteria for a mental health bio-marker.

I will go out on the limb and say I bet these girls were premenstrual. If there are more girls than boys committing suicide that would be the first and obvious clue. It falls in line with more girls than boys experience depression and autoimmune issues. Once a month right before menstruation, their immune system becomes more compromised (than it already is) and hormone levels drop (like free-falling off of Mt. Everest). Boys do not experience anything similar.

Once a month girls’ gain weight, have acne outbreaks, lose their self-esteem and embark in self-destructive behaviors. They have no idea that drugs and alcohol they imbibed in during the preovulatory phase of the cycle will hit them like a sledge hammer in the phase right before menstruation. It seems to me that if we really wanted to save these girls – menstrual health education is the first thing we should be teaching. Instead the girls go into hormonal rages; run away,  place themselves in precarious situations – get raped – abused – attempt suicide and when the next premenstrual phase comes along they are now dealing with SHAME in addition to all of the above.

PMS – and now PMDD did not use to be severe crashes in hormone levels. But today they are. We are seeing the epigenetic effect from generations of birth control use and the rise in xenoestrogens in our environment. Because women are getting pregnant while they are hormonally imbalanced – they are passing the condition on to their offspring – who will pass on to theirs. Lack of adequate nutrients – specifically micronutrients to the brain – are a huge issue. Once again we are now generations into eating crap food – women going into pregnancy are not adequately nutrated and pass even less nutrients on to their daughters. Their mothers are experiencing postpartum depression – now known as maternal mental illness. First sign of nutrient deficiency.

Then one must ask about birth trauma – mother’s mental health.  The list can go on – including the use of drugs for depression and anxiety.

But lastly, we have to ask – did these girls receive the Gardasil, HPV vaccine? That is another player.

I was reminded of this article last night – Autoimmune Encephalitis: The Brain Disease That Makes People Seem Crazy –

My former neighbor’s daughter, whom I’ll call “Ricki,” had it all—a great job, great little Manhattan apartment, great life. Only in her early 20’s, she already had accomplished much in the fashion world.

But over the course of barely more than a month, all that blew up as Ricki developed increasingly weird and worrisome behaviors.

First, there were memory problems. She couldn’t recall simple things, such as where she normally kept her car keys or the names of her coworkers. The following week, her speech slowed, her body felt numb and her movements became awkward. Soon after, Ricki began hallucinating and a psychiatrist put her on medication.

A week later, she had a seizure and was hospitalized. A huge battery of tests, including a spinal tap and brain MRIs, revealed nothing except a little inflammation…doctors were stumped.

Then Ricki began having violent spells, leaping at nurses and orderlies. Said to be psychotic, she was transferred to a psychiatric hospital. And there she might have stayed for the rest of her life—if not for a stroke of luck.

Ricki’s father, a retired physician, did not believe that the daughter who had always been so sweet, smart and sane could have become, in a matter of weeks, seriously and irrevocably mentally ill. So he diligently researched her symptoms and discussed her condition with his doctor friends. Fortunately, one of the father’s colleagues suggested consulting Souhel Najjar, MD, a neurologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Najjar gave the young woman a thorough examination, including a special blood test that revealed antibodies targeting certain receptors in the brain—and within days, he had made the diagnosis. Ricki was suffering from a rare autoimmune disorder called anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis has been linked to the HPV vaccines. It has been linked to teratoma tumors.

A certain type of ovarian tumor called a teratoma appears to play a key role, particularly in females of childbearing age. Bizarrely, teratomas often contain skin, hair, tooth and/or brainlike cells.

Gardasil has been known to affect the ovaries – from premature menopause to atrophy. Can’t rule out teratomas either.

I want to close with this.

In my humble opinion – it takes a great deal of courage to commit suicide. It might take a coward to think about suicide – but to commit the actual act? Courage. Or the girls are truly not in their right minds. And that is the most frightening part.

What is happening with these girls that they take their life?

And what can we do to prevent it? I have some solid evidence-based ideas – please contact me.


02.14.16 Teen Suicide


By February 04, 2016

The recent suicides of two girls from the same Texas high school were among the latest such tragic deaths to shake a disbelieving community, and underscored what experts say is a troubling national trend.

Ritu Sachdeva and Hillary “Kate” Kuizon, both 17-year-old seniors at Plano East Senior High School, knew each other, according to police, who are investigating whether the deaths are connected. Sachdeva died Jan. 31 from a medication overdose inside her home, the medical examiner ruled, while Kuizon died by hanging herself in a wooded area not far from a middle school in Murphy, a suburb of Plano.

“We don’t have good explanations for why we’re seeing this increase.”- Dr. Thomas Simon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Their deaths as well as other recent teen suicides to make national headlines — from Westport, Conn., to Omaha, Neb., — are part of a steady rise in self-inflicted deaths among young people, ages 10 to 24, since 2007, according to health officials.

“We are seeing significant increases in suicide for those ages,” Dr. Thomas Simon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s suicide expert, told FoxNews.com. “When you go back to 2007, the rates in that age group have gone up every year.”

According to the CDC, 5,504 people ages 10 to 24 died by suicide in 2014, the most recent year in which statistics are available.

The figure was up from the grim 2013 tally of 5,264, and the number has risen every year and up 13 percent from 2010. Experts are braced for official 2014 and 2015 statistics to show a continued upward trajectory.

Males are four times as likely as females to kill themselves, and the rate of teen suicide is higher in rural Western states, where there is greater social isolation and more difficult access to mental health care, experts say.

It’s not clear what’s causing the rise, according to those collecting the data.

“The data allows us to track the trends over time but they don’t allow us to look at the causes behind those trends,” said Simon. “We don’t have good explanations for why we’re seeing this increase.”

Families, psychiatrists and suicide prevention advocates offer explanations ranging from cyberbullying to underlying mental health disorders to economic factors.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.