Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide

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Knopf, 1999 - Psychology - 432 pages
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In this book the author dispels the silence and shame that surround the subject of suicide and provides a better understanding of the suicidal mind and a chance to recognize the person at risk. She brings to book not only wide scientific knowledge and clinical experience but also great compassion. In tracing the network of reasons underlying the phenomenon, she gives us astonishing examples and a startling look at the journals, drawings and farewell notes of people who have chosen to kill themselves. She also provides vivid insight into the most recent findings from hospitals and laboratories across the world; the critical biological and psychological factors that interact to cause suicide; and the new strategies being evolved to combat them. Issues covered in this book: An introduction to suicide; history and overview; definitions and magnitudes; psychology and psychopathology; methods and places; biology of suicide; genetic and evolutionary perspectives; neurobiology and neuropathology; prevention of suicide.

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... poorly written and without insight. - Goodreads
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This book was well researched and masterfully written. - Goodreads
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Honestly, this is a hard book. As someone who has never known a suicide, reading it was a little like eating my vegetables. I'd still consider reading more of Jamison's work even it was slightly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katy - Goodreads

Never finished; but very interesting & offers great insight. The author is bipolar & a psychiatrist, so she understands from both sides. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
Bur1ed Above Ground
9
To Measure the Hearts Turbulence
26
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About the author (1999)

Kay Redfield Jamison is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the author of the national best seller An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness and co-author of the standard medical textbook on manic-depressive illness. She is also the author of Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, as well as more than a hundred scientific papers about mood disorders, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and suicide. Dr. Jamison, formerly the director of the UCLA Affective Disorders Clinic, is the recipient of numerous national and international scientific awards, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Research Award. She is, as well, Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Dr. Jam

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