Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury [NOOK Book]

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Discovering that your teen “cuts” is absolutely terrifying; before you understand what really motivates cutting, you may worry your child is contemplating suicide. What can you do to help when every attempt to address the behavior seems to push him or her further away? In this compassionate, straightforward book, Dr. Michael Hollander, a leading authority on self-injury, spells out the facts about cutting--and what to do to make it stop. You’ll learn how overwhelming emotions lead some teens to hurt themselves,...
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Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury

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Overview



Discovering that your teen “cuts” is absolutely terrifying; before you understand what really motivates cutting, you may worry your child is contemplating suicide. What can you do to help when every attempt to address the behavior seems to push him or her further away? In this compassionate, straightforward book, Dr. Michael Hollander, a leading authority on self-injury, spells out the facts about cutting--and what to do to make it stop. You’ll learn how overwhelming emotions lead some teens to hurt themselves, and how proven treatments--chief among them dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)--can help your child become well again. Helping Teens Who Cut demonstrates how to talk to your teen about cutting without making it worse, and explains exactly what to look for in a therapist or treatment program. Drawing on decades of clinical experience as well as the latest research, Dr. Hollander provides concrete ways to help your son or daughter cope with extreme emotions without resorting to self-injury. You’ll also learn practical communication and problem-solving skills that can reduce family stress, making it easier to care for yourself and your teen during the recovery process.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
This book is a good example of knowledge transfer from a clinical psychologist to parents of self-cutting and self-harming teens....Common myths are dispelled through case vignettes elucidating current evidence-based facts such as the difference between self-cutting and suicidal behaviors. The details of the case vignettes testify not only to the breadth of the author's clinical experience but also to his empathic understanding of the parent's predicament....Michael Hollander's book fulfills several important goals. It explains the difficult psychological constructs relevant to parents' understanding of the emotional dilemma of self-harming teenagers in a simple rather than simplistic way, and it guides parents with respect to choice of the best therapies and methods of cooperation with therapists. The book is, in fact, a therapeutic invention in itself, for it reduces the heavy burden of guilt and the fears of parents of self-harming teenagers. The appendix includes evidence for the effectiveness of DBT in adolescents, a list of internet sites and a list of clinical programs in the United States. This book is recommended for parents, teachers, and child and youth workers.—Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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"Very readable and highly informative. I read this book after my daughter had undergone extensive treatment, and I strongly recommend it to all parents, especially those who are beginning the journey through treatment with their child and trying to understand self-harming behavior. What I appreciated most about the book were the explanations of the root causes of self-injury and the guidance on how to interact with your child in ways that support recovery."--Parent, Boston, Massachusetts

"Dr. Hollander's book is a lifeline to parents, offering reassurance and wisdom supported by experience. He seems to really understand how frightening it is to be the parent of a teen who cuts. This book provides relief, hope, and guidelines to follow. I am truly grateful for this book." --Parent, New York City

"Dr. Hollander manages to take a very complex problem and describe it in a language accessible to teens, parents, and those working with them. Most importantly, he does this without sacrificing what we know scientifically about teen cutting. He is one of the top trainers in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) worldwide, and it shows in this book. His skills as a therapist and his experience applying DBT with teens shine through. DBT is an effective treatment, and this book makes many of the fundamentals of the treatment accessible to the public. It is long overdue."--Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director, Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, Department of Psychology, University of Washington

"This is an extremely thoughtful, wise, and empathic guide for the parents of teens caught up in the painful and complex web of self-injury. Both down to earth and practical, the book draws on substantial clinical experience and the latest scientific data. Dr. Hollander takes the mystery out of this confusing but all-too-prevalent behavior, debunks the many myths surrounding it, and deftly delineates state-of-the-art treatment principles. Dr. Hollander has done us all a great service with this book."--William S. Pollack, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of Real Boys

"A truly remarkable book. Dr. Hollander offers a wealth of information about cutting, reveals the communication mistakes that even well-intentioned parents make, and illustrates specific ways of talking with kids to help them stop hurting themselves. Empathic, easy to read, and jargon free, this book is a major resource for parents and professionals alike. I recommend it highly."--Robert Brooks, PhD, coauthor of Raising Resilient Children

Metapsychology Online Reviews

"The book was written primarily for parents but is an equally valuable resource for mental health professionals."--Metapsychology Online Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606238097
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/11/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 103,951
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Michael Hollander, PhD, a recognized expert in the treatment of self-injury, has worked with adolescents and their families for more than 30 years. He helped to found the 3East DBT program at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, Massachusetts, where he is currently Director of Training and Consultations. Dr. Hollander also serves on the psychiatry faculties of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Kids Who Deliberately Hurt Themselves

I. Understanding Self-Injury

1. Fact versus Fiction: Bringing Self-Injury into the Light

2. What Sets the Stage for Self-Injury?

3. How Does Hurting Themselves Make Some Kids Feel Better?

4. DBT: The Right Therapy for Your Teen

II. Helping Your Teen in Treatment and at Home

5. Making the Most of DBT

6. Resetting the Stage: How to Help Your Teen Restore Emotion to Its Proper Place

7. Writing a Better Script: New Ways to Discourage Self-Injury

8. Taking Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Teen

9. How to Speak with Siblings, Friends, and the School about Your Child's Troubles

Appendix A. Effectiveness of Adolescent Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program

Appendix B. Intensive Treatment Programs

Resources

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    Fundamentally changed my understanding

    Well presented and very compassionate look at cutting from the child's and parents' points of view. I gained understanding to validate my child's point of view, and techniques to manage my own fear and concern. This book made a real difference for me. If you find yourself caught between the anger, fear and frustration of having a child who cuts, I'd highly recommend this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    I DO CUT AN I WANT HELP

    I do cut but i rele wanna stop it jus causes mor an mor heart ache then jus talkin bout it dose but me an my mom rnt even talkn ever since she found out i was cutting she has had next to nothing to do with me i mean i told her how srry i was but its like she dosnt care

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