Bleeding to Ease the Pain: Cutting, Self-Injury, and the Adolescent Search for Selfby Lori G. Plante
Pub. Date: 06/16/2010
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Cutting and other forms of self-injury are often cries for help, pleas for someone to notice that the pain is too much to bear. As Plante discusses here, the threat of suicide must always be carefully evaluated, although the majority of cutters are not in fact suicidal. Instead, cutting represents a rapidly spreading method for teens hoping to ease emotional pain
Cutting and other forms of self-injury are often cries for help, pleas for someone to notice that the pain is too much to bear. As Plante discusses here, the threat of suicide must always be carefully evaluated, although the majority of cutters are not in fact suicidal. Instead, cutting represents a rapidly spreading method for teens hoping to ease emotional pain and suffering. Bleeding from self-inflicted wounds not only helps to numb the cutter and vent despair, it can also be a dramatic means of communicating, controlling, and asking for help from others. Plante describes the frightening developmental tasks teenagers and young adults face, and how the central challenges of the three Is (Independence, Intimacy, and Identity) compel them to cope through self-destructive acts. Readers will come to a better understanding of these struggling teenagers and the dramatic methods they employ to ease and overcome their internal pain through a desperate need to cut and self-injure.
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Table of Contents
1 Foreword 2 1 Self-Injury on the Rampage 3 2 Special Populations, Special Concerns: Teenagers Most at Risk 4 3 Developmental Challenges in Adolescence: The Agony, the Ecstasy, the Cell Phone, and the Internet 5 4 Why Teens Self-Injure: Doing All the Wrong Things for the Right Reasons 6 5 Laying the Foundation for Intervention: Composure, Compassion, and Comprehension 7 6 Professional Treatment of Self-Injury: Understanding the Therapeutic Process 8 7 Specialized Approaches and Adjuncts in Treating Self-Injury 9 8 The Brain as an Attitude Pharmacy: Neurochemical Roles and Remedies in Self-Injury 10 9 Intervention in Action: How It Works 11 10 Stepping Up to the Plate: How Parents Can Help 12 11 Health and Happiness Are Verbs: The Responsibilities of the Adolescent in Treatment 13 12 Depathologizing Adolescent Self-Injury: Cutting on a Continuum 14 Conclusions: Reconceptualizing Cutting
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