Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 12, 2011 - Psychology - 448 pages
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From the author of the best-selling memoir An Unquiet Mind, comes the first major book in a quarter century on suicide, and its terrible pull on the young in particular. Night Falls Fast is tragically timely: suicide has become one of the most common killers of Americans between the ages of fifteen and forty-five.

An internationally acknowledged authority on depressive illnesses, Dr. Jamison has also known suicide firsthand: after years of struggling with manic-depression, she tried at age twenty-eight to kill herself. Weaving together a historical and scientific exploration of the subject with personal essays on individual suicides, she brings not only her remarkable compassion and literary skill but also all of her knowledge and research to bear on this devastating problem. This is a book that helps us to understand the suicidal mind, to recognize and come to the aid of those at risk, and to comprehend the profound effects on those left behind. It is critical reading for parents, educators, and anyone wanting to understand this tragic epidemic.


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RE: DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE: ADULTS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AT RISK
RE: Depression and suicide in adults with mental retardation
"The only thing you seem to read about is depression and suicide?? Are you planning on committing suicide or what?? Because if so then no one is stopping you!!"
"Can you leave this book alone please?!?!?!?! Because if it's NOT FUCKING YOURS then WHY FUCKING SCRIBBLING IN IT AND DESTROYING IT with your FUCKING DIRTY BARE HANDS???????? And also what is it even doing here if it belongs to the library??"
"The reason why I don't know when I'm doing something is because I'm too much of a THICKO to even know what I'm doing - but of course my own family members don't seem to understand that!!"
"Well then be my guest and continue acting thick - continue acting up right in front of everyone as well!!"
"Wtf crawled up your ass?? Get a life!!!! Or better yet go get some help!!"
I can't listen to any music on my phone anymore because I got rid of all the songs and music applications from my phone as means of punishing myself for what happened recently!! I'm thinking of getting rid of all the channels from Cable and disconnecting the internet and TV as well so that no one can watch any TV OR do ANYTHING ELSE AT ALL!! From now on I'm going to start being SELFISH and depriving EVERYONE of access to EVERYTHING!! At least once I start living independently I can just do whatever the fuck I want; I can even get hold of a bottle of pills and take an overdose or jump off a fucking bridge and into a fucking river somewhere - which is EXACTLY what I fucking plan on doing one day!!
I feel like smashing the fucking TV and the fucking PC IN ANGER as means of lashing out!! I also feel like taking my frustration and depression out on my same age peers (especially my fellow special needs peers) and physically hurting them!!
One day I'll just end up a lonely sad and bitter person and I will become completely messed up later on in life - all because of the condition I'm in!!
I'm already trying hard not to let everyone know how severely depressed I am and I'm trying hard not to take my ANGER out on ANYONE or violently lash out at ANYONE RIGHT IN FRONT OF EVERYONE ELSE - I just want to be LEFT ALONE!!!!
"I seriously think people like you need removing from society - you're not fit to even be on this earth let alone live in society!!"
 

Contents

DeathBlood
182
BUILDING AGAINST DEATH
235
As a Society
264
I0 A HalfStitched Scar
290
Epilogue
309
Resourresfin Info1nation
319
I 5
418
Copyright

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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. Jamison lives in Washington DC, with her husband, Dr. Richard Wyatt, a physician and scientist at the National Institutes of Health.


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