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07/21/2013 01:08 pm ET

Suicides Highlight Plight Of Hispanic Teens

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The manic depression that gripped the young Christine Ruiz had grown so acute by the time she had reached high school she was suicidal.

She began self-harming and abusing alcohol and painkillers but, despite the alarming decline in her mental health, everyone around her assumed she was just a typical angst-ridden Latina teenager.

Self-harm seemed like a way for her to take control. "I always felt like I wasn't in charge of my body," Ruiz says.

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