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TEENS PLAYING ‘CHOKING GAME’; AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

As reported by Fox News:

Choking game riskiest when kids play alone

Kids who play “choking games” to achieve a euphoric high are more likely to be suicidal and face a greater risk of injury and death when they play alone, a U.S. study suggests.

It’s dangerous enough in groups, but without others present to interrupt the asphyxiation children face an increased risk of loss of consciousness and inability to stop strangulation when a noose, belt or other ligature is being used. Nearly all deaths from the game occur when youngsters play alone.

Solo players are also more than four times as likely to have suicidal thoughts and more than twice as likely to suffer from serious mental health problems compared to kids who try the choking game in groups, researchers report in Pediatrics.

“Many kids don’t understand how dangerous this activity is,” said study co-author Sarah Knipper, a researcher with the Oregon Health Authority in Portland

“A lot of kids who participate in the choking game, particularly alone, also have depression and/or use alcohol or drugs,” Knipper added by email.

Players typically use their hands, a belt or a tie to put pressure on the carotid artery in the neck, temporarily limiting the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain. The goal is to achieve a euphoric feeling when the flow of blood and oxygen rushes back to the brain….

 

….It can be hard to identify kids who play the game because there may not be overt signs of participation, said Knipper.

However, parents should watch for physical signs like bloodshot eyes, unexplained marks on the neck, small dots around the face, eyelids or eyes, and frequent severe headaches, Knipper added. Participants may also seem disoriented after spending time alone, or leave evidence such as dog leashes, bungee cords, belts or scarves tied to bedroom furniture or doorknobs or knotted on the floor.

“We do recommend that parents talk to their kids about it using simple factual words,” Knipper said.

“They can ask their kids if they know what it is, if they know anyone who has done it (or if they’ve done it themselves), and make sure they know that it is not safe and someone could get really hurt even if they are doing it with a group of friends,” Knipper added. “They should stop and tell a safe adult.”

 

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