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March 13, 2002

Sexual Orientation and Suicide Risk Among Teenagers

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(10):1265-1266. doi:10.1001/jama.287.10.1261

To the Editor: In their Grand Rounds article about suicide in teenagers, Dr Zametkin and colleagues1 did not discuss sexual orientation as a risk factor. I find that many homosexual patients have told me that awareness of their own sexual orientation began in their childhoods, and as teenagers they were confused, frightened, embarrassed, and thought of suicide.

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