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The Inner World of a Suicidal Youth: What Every Parent and Health Professional Should Know (Hardback)
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The Inner World of a Suicidal Youth: What Every Parent and Health Professional Should Know (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 30/11/2007
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Electra is a well-loved, beautiful, highly intelligent teenager. Yet, as is not uncommon, she becomes so depressed she contemplates suicide, considering it for years until she finally takes action. Electra's diary, discovered after her death and presented here by a psychiatrist, reveals her first-person reflections through to her fatal college year, showing how thought distortions are caused and how they chip away at self-esteem and the will to survive. In addition to enlightening professionals and aspiring professionals, this work will empower parents to identify and address growing dimensions in their children's development, and understand the struggles they face. And the end result is that Electra's diary teaches us all a lot about changes that are needed so that we can develop effective suicide prevention and treatment strategies, says author Millie Osborne, M.D. Suicide is now a public health crisis. It is the third leading cause of death for youths aged 15 to 24, and the fourth leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14. As author Osborne explains, Existing approaches to preventing youth suicide have had little impact on reducing the number of suicides and suicide attempts across America. By unveiling the private thoughts of a suicidal teenager in this unprecedented book, Osborne hopes that the legacy of Electra will be an understanding of the adolescent mind that will spur more effective means to recognize, treat, and heal those at risk, and so vastly reduce suicide among our youths.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313348556
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[W]ill empower parents and professionals to identify and address growing dimensions in children's development, and to better understand the struggles they face." - Library Media Connection
"The Inner World of a Suicidal Youth tells the story of Electra, a twenty-two year old girl who committed suicide in 2002. The book is based around the actual diary entries written by Electra during over a decade. As such it is an interesting description of a depressed teenage mind and shows how deep and dark the abyss of severe depression can be. As stated in the preface of the book it is a fact that every year in the United States more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, and asthma combined. Suicide is thus a severe problem influencing a large number of families. In the United States, every year 250 000 people try to end their lives and approximately 32 000 succeed. Suicide is nevertheless an act which, so the health professionals claim, could be prevented in many cases. Millie Osborne's book is meant to increase the understanding about the workings of a young suicidal mind and thus help parents and health professionals detect alarming signs which may indicate that a teenager is in a danger zone." - Metapsychology Online Review

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