Suicidal overdose, running away from home and scarification are frequent acting conducts in adolescence. Like other rupturing conducts, we conceive of these corporeal figurabilities anchored, in both form and substance, much more on the side of psychical
Adolescence, transition usually constructive from the world of childhood to adult, is sometimes the origin of weakness because of puberty changes and revival of sex drives emergence previously sleepy. This movement is not always bearer of desirable vitality by confronting certain subjects to an impossible maturation, opening the prospect of suicide as an issue to this evolutionary impasse. An original light of what Freud has before developed about underlying mechanisms of some particular suicide attempts is proposed throughout the history of a patient whose repetition of suicide attempts inscribes adolescence in a tension between a mortified process aiming at her destruction and an attempt of survival in the ultimate appropriation of herself.
In an epidemiological study within a general school population, 450 youngsters in public secondary school who describe themselves as runaways were compared to 11,734 youngsters who had not run away from home.
Running away from home is associated with “ psychical malaise ” and with violence, both endured and enacted; the runaway is suicide-prone, violent, delinquent ; he abuses both legal and illegal substances. The runaway seeks help and consultation, and it is necessary to find multi-focus treatments when faced with the diversity of manifestations : running away, suicide attempts, delinquency, and legal and illegal substance abuse.