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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Regina Rosa Lopez, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive, clinically-applicable guide to dealing with suicidal behavior. This book's unique approach to suicidal behavior as problem-solving behavior makes the clinician feel less helpless facing this difficult issue.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose of this book is to serve as a guide to the individual assessment and treatment of suicidal patients and as a training manual. These objectives are worthy for such a complex subject. The book has done a superb job meeting the author's objectives.
Audience: I agree with the authors that this book is for practitioners in all domains of health care, particularly psychiatry, psychology, and social work. The authors, a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist, have joined their diverse training and backgrounds in writing this book. They have had previous publications on suicidal behavior, and therefore seem to be credible authorities.
Features: The book provides a better understanding of suicidal behavior, both the act itself and the individual. Also, the assessment and treatment of the different forms of suicidal behavior in the various clinical settings are covered in depth. The book also helps clinicians to examine and deal with their emotions and attitudes towards suicidal behavior. Finally, legal issues regarding suicide are covered. The best feature of this book is the organization. The Helpful Hints provide the most relevant information from each chapter in a succinct manner. The appendixes are unique tools for teaching various aspects of the management of suicidal behavior.
Assessment: This is a well written, comprehensive, clinically-applicable book on suicidal behavior. I know I will find this book useful in my own practice.