Highly Sensitive Adolescents & Suicide
A highly sensitive person (HSP) is someone with a more sensitive central nervous system than the average person. They are known to have high sensory processing sensitivity (SPS).
Believe it or not, this is responsible for their temperament, making them hyper aware of subtleties in their environment, as well as a potential to be overwhelmed by too much social, physical and emotional stimuli.
Research has found strong neural and genetic factors associated with high sensory processing in 20% of the global population and shared with 100 other species.
What do we know about highly sensitive adolescents?
What about highly sensitive boys?
Seven things not to say to a highly sensitive (young) person:
If you think your adolescent may be an HSP, they can take a test at Dr Aron’s website. This is not a psychological test, but it can serve as a useful tool to determine what steps to take next.
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Suicide and High Sensitivity – The Highly Sensitive Person. Hsperson.com. (2016). Retrieved 27 January 2022, from https://hsperson.com/suicide-and-high-sensitivity/.