By Kay Redfield Jamison

From the writer of the best-selling memoir An Unquiet brain, comes the 1st significant publication in 1 / 4 century on suicide, and its bad pull at the younger specifically. evening Falls speedy is tragically well timed: suicide has turn into some of the most universal killers of usa citizens among the a long time of fifteen and forty-five.

An the world over stated authority on depressive health problems, Dr. Jamison has additionally identified suicide firsthand: after years of suffering from manic-depression, she attempted at age twenty-eight to kill herself. Weaving jointly a historic and medical exploration of the topic with own essays on person suicides, she brings not just her awesome compassion and literary ability but in addition all of her wisdom and study to undergo in this devastating challenge. this can be a publication that is helping us to appreciate the suicidal brain, to acknowledge and are available to the help of these in danger, and to appreciate the profound results on these left at the back of. it's serious interpreting for fogeys, educators, and a person desirous to comprehend this tragic epidemic.

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In one investigation of suicidal behavior in girls, for example, more than 15 percent of the children reported having had suicidal thoughts or behavior. Very few of their parents were aware that of their 37 ■ JAMI40145TC Alfred A. qxd 10/26/00 21:06 Page 38 buried above ground children’s experiences. This same unawareness of their children’s suicidal thoughts and actions has been found for the parents of boys as well. Parents also seriously underestimate the extent of depression in their adolescent children.

Adolescents, on the other hand, have higher and more variable rates: between 2 and 10 percent of young people across the world state that they have tried to kill themselves, and a significant number of them report having made more than one attempt. It is unclear why this discrepancy in suicide attempt rates should exist between the older and younger age groups, although several explanations have been suggested. Myrna Weissman, a psychiatric epidemiologist at Columbia University in New York, has found compelling evidence of a dramatic doubling or even tripling of rates of suicide attempts over recent decades.

24 ■ JAMI40145TC Alfred A. ” It is this peace that lies beyond the suicidal mind. In The Anatomy of Melancholy, Robert Burton wrote: There is . . in this [melancholic] humour, the very seeds of fire. . , as so many wild horses, that they cannot be quiet an hour, a minute of time, but even against their wills they are intent, and still thinking of it, they cannot forget it, it grinds their souls day and night, they are perpetually tormented. . In the midst of these squalid, ugly, and such irksome days, they seek at last, finding no comfort, no remedy in this wretched life, to be eased of all by death .

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