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As rates of suicidal youth increase, doctors look at influence of school, internet

An increasingly stressful environment and unfiltered access to information could be dramatically boosting the number of teens and children hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or actions.

A recent study found that children’s hospital admissions of patients 5 to 17 years old for such thoughts or actions more than doubled from 2008-2015. The study looked at 32 hospitals using data from the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), which includes Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dan Nelson, MD, the medical director in the child psychiatry unit at Cincinnati Children’s, was interviewed for this story.

When patients are hospitalized, doctors look at factors such as family history, worldview, and social environments.

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