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Eight stories up : an adolescent chooses hope over suicide
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Physical Description:
xxvii, 194 p. ; 22 cm.
1. Crisis -- Walking into madness -- A colossal wave of despair -- Death on the mind -- The jump -- Saying goodbye -- One of many in a desolate club -- Mourning the thousands -- 2. The background story -- Intelligent and spirited child meets urban black world -- Turbulent beginnings -- The hidden background story : biology and genetics -- Escape" from L.A. -- 3. Inside the suicidal mind -- Darkening thoughts -- Painful emotions -- The look of private hell -- Warning signs, redux -- Psychiatric disorders related to suicide -- Riding out the wave of odds -- 4. Getting help -- Psychotherapy -- Peer support -- Medication -- Paying for treatment -- The bottom line -- 5. Recovery -- Hospital log -- The immediate aftermath of a suicidal crisis -- The road to recovery -- 6. Finding the phoenix : where I am today -- A worse than average day -- The big picture -- Rebirth : starting over -- Rekindling happiness from the ashes -- Find your inner Phoenix -- Frequently asked questions -- Glossary -- Resources.
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This is a book for adolescents who have contemplated suicide, or who may be at risk for doing so. As a teenager, author DeQuincy Lezine was one of the many young people each year who attempt suicide. Instead, he sought psychiatric help and went on to found the first ever campus-based chapter of the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA. In Eight Stories Up, Lezine discusses his own struggles with suicidal thoughts and provides valuable information that young people need, such as how to find professional help, what types of problems and illnesses may lead to suicidal behaviours, available therapies, and how to cope at home and at school.

Author Notes

Dequincy A. Lezine, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide
David Brent, M.D., is Academic Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he holds the Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies

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In this powerful biography and guidebook, Lezine (now a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide) traces his path from suicidal experiences (in his teens through college and psychiatric hospitalization) to hope and recovery. He shares his early suicidal thinking, impulses, and resistance to help, and his fears and shame at being a "nut case" who was hospitalized. Demystifing treatment, medications, and steps toward recovery, the author discusses how therapy, medication, social support, and exercise can help; he also discusses ways of coping with negative thoughts and suicidal feelings. With the help of child and adolescent psychiatrist David Brent (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine), Lezine offers the latest information on suicide prevention and tips on overcoming suicidal thoughts and feelings. In short, this book puts the complex, multifaceted problem of suicide into language and examples that everyone can understand and use. It should be in every high school and college library and on every therapist's shelf. Offering hope to suicidal youth, who typically feel that no one will understand their pain and who doubt that anyone cares enough to help, this book will inspire suicidal teens to seek help. Summing Up: Essential. All readers, all levels. S. M. Valente University of California, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
1 Crisisp. 1
Walking Into Madnessp. 1
A Colossal Wave of Despairp. 3
Death on the Mindp. 5
The Jumpp. 7
Saying Goodbyep. 11
One of Many in a Desolate Clubp. 16
Mourning the Thousandsp. 25
2 The Background Storyp. 26
Intelligent and Spirited Child Meets Urban Black Worldp. 27
Turbulent Beginningsp. 34
The Hidden Background Story: Biology and Geneticsp. 44
"Escape" From L.A.p. 49
3 Inside the Suicidal Mindp. 53
Darkening Thoughtsp. 53
Painful Emotionsp. 58
The Look of Private Hellp. 62
Warning Signs, Reduxp. 64
Psychiatric Disorders Related to Suicidep. 69
Riding Out the Wave of Oddsp. 74
4 Getting Helpp. 76
Psychotherapyp. 78
Peer Supportp. 90
Medication 101p. 91
Paying for Treatmentp. 107
The Bottom Linep. 109
5 Recoveryp. 110
Hospital Logp. 111
The Immediate Aftermath of a Suicidal Crisisp. 115
The Road to Recoveryp. 118
6 Finding the Phoenix: Where I Am Todayp. 139
A Worse Than Average Dayp. 140
The Big Picturep. 143
Rebirth: Starting Overp. 145
Rekindling Happiness From the Ashesp. 147
Find Your Inner Phoenixp. 148
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 151
Glossaryp. 163
Resourcesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 187