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Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Fathoming the Unfathomable

    I have battled with major depression and suicidal thoughts for over 20 years. I have had 4 loved ones that completed suicide. This book is, for lack of a better word, 'fascinating' both as a victim of depression and as a survivor of other's suicides. It is like peeking behind the curtain of hell. I found as both a victim of depression and a 'survivor' that the insight in this book was comforting. The eternal 'why' in the wake of a suicide comes as close as I have ever found to being answered. One of the most frustrating parts of the disease of depression is not being able to articulate the amount of darkness and pain in a 'real' way. This book can help friends and family members understand what you battle and why. I bought this book not to find a reason to die. I had come up with plenty of those, but to understand more fully what causes those dark thoughts. People fear talking to someone who is depressed and suicidal about suicide. They feel the mere mention of the word will cause the act but the thoughts are already there and just being able to talk to someone about those thoughts can release the pressure on the trigger. We often feel isolated because fear of being misunderstood, judged, or having our feelings invalidated, keeps us from reaching out. It is this isolation that more often than not is fatal. For those of us dealing with depression, our job is not to find a way to die, our job is to be there with our unique understanding of the pain to help others. We have been where others can not go. The one blessing of depression is we truly know what another is feeling. We do not fear the expression of dark thoughts. We fear the silence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2005

    Struggling with Night daily

    As someone who struggles with 'the Night' daily, this book offered a solid base of well researched highly compassionate information. I agree with other reviewers that dangerously suicidal individuals should wait until feeling healthier before attempting this read. Personally I feel like I am 'one up' on suicide after finishing Dr. Jamison's book. As I fight to keep from destroying myself from within, my logical mind can return to what I have learned in this profound volume in order to combat some of the irrationalities. Thank You, Dr. Jamison.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2002

    Excellent

    Excellent!!! A perfect book to understand suicide for the scientific and unscientific reader! It is beautifully and sensitively written. The data is woven into the book in such a manner to keep the reader interested and not stagnated in a scientific reading daze. I had no concept that suicide could be such a strong force. I say again, 'Excellent Book.'

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