Lifelines

Clinical Perspectives on Suicide

  • Ellen L. Bassuk
  • Stephen C. Schoonover
  • Andrew D. Gill

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: The Extent of the Problem

    1. Ellen L. Bassuk, Andrew D. Gill, Stephen C. Schoonover
      Pages 1-3
  3. Assessment Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Andrew D. Gill
      Pages 7-16
    3. Ellen L. Bassuk
      Pages 17-46
  4. Therapeutic Approaches 1: Methods for Immediate Containment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Stephen C. Schoonover
      Pages 49-57
    3. Stephen C. Schoonover
      Pages 59-68
  5. Therapeutic Approaches 2: Issues in Psychotherapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Andrew D. Gill
      Pages 71-82
    3. Alvin Kahn
      Pages 93-100
  6. Setting and Staffing Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Stephen C. Schoonover
      Pages 137-153
    3. Kathy Horvath
      Pages 155-167
    4. Helene Kress
      Pages 169-179
  7. Childhood and Adolescent Suicide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193

About this book

Introduction

Suicide is a source of endless disquiet. One of the few fatal consequences of psychiatric illness, it is a threat to patients, and a vexation to therapists that puts clinical judgment to the ultimate test. It arouses countertransference reactions of unusual intensity-helplessness and guilt when the suicide is successful; anxiety and anger when it is used as a manipulative tool. For as Samuel Johnson was aware when he com­ mented that many "commit suicide, as a passionate man will stab an­ other," it is not only an escape from hopeless despair but an expression of the most violent rage. To all those who care for suicidal patients, this book will come as a welcome guide. Each of the authors represented here brings a wealth of clinical expe­ rience to bear on the subject under discussion. The psychological and bi­ ological determinants of depression are simply and clearly delineated to provide a basis for understanding the processes underlying suicide, for judging its likelihood, and for preventing its occurrence. Detailed de­ scriptions of the variety of psychological and pharmacological treatments of the suicidal patient are complemented by extensive discussions of the several settings in which such patients will be encountered, whether these be an in-patient unit, an out-patient clinic, a medical ward, an emergency room, or a private office.

Keywords

anxiety care clinic depression emergency fat patients pharmacology suicide treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Ellen L. Bassuk
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stephen C. Schoonover
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrew D. Gill
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Beth Israel HospitalBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-4205-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-4207-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-4205-2
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