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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NIGHT FALLS FAST: Understanding Suicide

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Suicide rates for Americans under 40, the cohort on which this book focuses, have tripled in the past 45 years. Although it makes no attempt to explain why this is so, this is a superb ... Read full review

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I first came upon this book when I was about fourteen and suffering through what would be the first of many major depressions. I remember standing at a Barnes and Noble table, idly touching the smooth ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
Death Lies Near at Hand
11
To Measure the Hearts Turbulence
26
Just Hop E HAs Go
71
The Burden of Despair
98
What Matters It If Rope or Garter
130
PANGs of NATURE TAINTs of BlooD
161
Neurobiology and Neuropathology
182
Prevention of Suicide
233
As a Society
264
Io A HalfStitched Scar
290
Epilogue
309
Resources for Information
315
Acknowledgments
415
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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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