What internal factors cause a person to end his or her life, and what are the familial and societal factors which seem to make a destructive contribution? The answers to both questions are at the heart of this volume, which will be invaluable for practitioners when assessing risk and designing treatment for depressed and suicidal patients.
The author argues that the key to understanding suicidal behaviour comes from a knowledge of the destructive thought processes of those at risk, and an awareness of their origins in early family interactions. Firestone sees negative events in our lives as being less harmful than what we tell ourselves about them, which can result in a downward spiral of negative internal conversations. Wi
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Table of ContentsForeword - Pamela CantorIntroductionPART ONE: GENERAL APPROACHThe Self and AntiselfSuicidal Signs and Suicide Prevention Inwardness - Personality Traits That Predispose SuicideBrief Review of Psychodynamic and Cognitive Approaches to SuicideThe Epidemiology of Suicide and Brief History of Methods for Assessing RiskSuicide among AdolescentsSuicide among Older PeoplePART TWO: INDIRECT SUICIDEMicrosuicideThe Relationship between Guilt and the Suicidal ProcessRegression Precipitated by Positive CircumstancesPART THREE: THEORY OF DEFENSE FORMATIONThe Voice Process and the Fantasy BondCouple and Family RelationshipsPART FOUR: ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENTIdentification of the Suicidal Individual The Development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive ThoughtsTreatment Strategies and Malpractice IssuesVoice Therapy Methodology in the Treatment of the Suicidal PatientPART FIVE: CONCLUSIONGuidelines for Primary Prevention of Suicide and Summary