A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain

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Self-mutilation is a behavior so shocking that it is almost never discussed. Yet estimates are that upwards of eight million Americans are chronic self-injurers. They are people who use knives, razor blades, or broken glass to cut themselves. Their numbers include the actor Johnny Depp, Girl Interrupted author Susanna Kaysen, and the late Princess Diana .Mistakenly viewed as suicide attempts or senseless masochism -- even by many health professionals -- " cutting " is actually a complex means of coping with emotional pain. Marilee Strong explores this hidden epidemic through case studies, startling new research from psychologists, trauma experts, and neuroscientists, and the heartbreaking insights of cutters themselves -- who range from troubled teenagers to middle-age professionals to grandparents. Strong explains what factors lead to self-mutilation, why cutting helps people manage overwhelming fear and lonelines, and how cutters can heal both their internal and external wounds and break the self-destructive cycle. A Bright Red Scream is a groundbreaking, essential resource for victims of self-mutilation, their families, eachers, doctors, and herapists.
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Published October 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published 1998
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A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain
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It sheds a lot of light on the interpretation of cutters themselves and also on the underlying issu that can cause this behavior to manifest itself.

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This memoir covers all parasuicidal behaviors: cutting, burning, head banging, pulling out ones own hair, etc.

I would like to say that this book may make parasuicidals act out; it did for me.

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In my life, I have self-harmed.I 've had this book for a ong while.

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It 's much arder to pinpoint why someone who had suffered no neglect or abuse in their childhood would start cutting themselves in their adolescence or even adulthood, and frankly, that 's what I was looking for in a study on self-harm.Despite that, I would have rated the book a bit higher, except some ( though by no means " all " or even " a lot ") of the information contained is outdated.

Especially when Strong discusses borderline personality disorder ( one diagnostic criteria of which is self-injury), the gains made over the ast forty years have left that section lacking.

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This is a religiou book that offers no hope.

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By reading this I have learned so much more about myself and others who deal with self harm.

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The treatment center I was at recommended this book to my arents as a ay to open the lines of communication.

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