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Freedom from Selfharm: Overcoming Self-Injury with Skills from DBT and Other Treatments Paperback – May 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1572246164 ISBN-10: 1572246162 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572246162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572246164
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Alexander Chapman and Kim Gratz are two of the very best in this field.”
—Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., author of Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

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In Freedom from Self-Harm, two psychologists specializing in self-injury treatment present a program based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for overcoming cutting and other self-harming behaviors. Readers learn coping skills for handling difficult emotions and urges to injure themselves.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book would be a great starting point if you self-harm but don't really know much about the behaviour, how to get treatment, or what you can do to help yourself. If you already have a lot of information and are looking for a comprehensive self-help guide, it's probably not the best option.

The book is divided into three parts: information on self-harm (which is the longest section), treatments and how to access them, and self-help strategies. The authors' reasoning is that being well informed is an important part of the recovery process. I agree with this, but there are plenty of good information sources out there already, and from the synopsis I had been expecting more of a self-help workbook.

What I liked: The authors are very understanding and nonjudgemental, and the book is easy to understand. The treatment section was fascinating, and included details of some very new but promising-looking therapies. The book is an excellent overview of self-harm and the things that can help, making it ideal for someone who is "new" to self-harm.

What I didn't like: The self-help techniques are not described in as much detail as they could be. Given the title of the book, I felt more space could have been devoted to DBT and other skills. The very simple language feels patronising at times. And I'm not sure how helpful the treatment section will be to the average reader without any specialist self-harm programmes in their area.

Overall, I would recommend this if it's the first book on self-harm you're buying, and you need general information, or would be too overwhelmed by a full-on workbook.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Psych on November 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who is struggling with self-harm or has a loved one who engages in self-harm. The authors are nonjudgmental and validating in their writing, and they also explain some very difficult concepts in an easy-to-understand (yet comprehensive) way. The book also provides readers with a number of useful skills grounded in current research and years of clinical practice that can be helpful in reducing self-harm behavior. The skills come from a variety of treatments that have been found to be successful in reducing self-harm behavior.

Overall, this is an excellent book that will be a great starting point for anyone looking to understand and/or reduce their self-harm behavior. I highly recommend it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Bagley on November 29, 2010
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My interest in psychology began only a couple of months back in September. I got it from my best friend through a sort of interpersonal osmosis, and since then I have been reading everything on the subject I could get my hands on. I started with things which affect some of my close friends, and that includes self-injury (SI).

This book is an explicit and thorough introduction to the issue of self-injury or self-harm. As with many psychological disorders, SI isn't something about which many people have common knowledge. Although, as the book explains, use of self-harm has increased dramatically in the last two decades to the point where it is not uncommon in the general population, the the reasons for and purposes of self-injury are still often misunderstood and the practice itself is often reviled.

In this book, the authors explain:

1) What self-harm is (a dysfunctional coping mechanism, not a disease or disorder - though the act itself can easily be addictive).

2) When and why self-harm generally starts (usually around adolescence, and often because of stressful environments).

3) Which groups of people self-harm and which groups are most likely to self-harm (SI is not restricted to women or those with BPD, as was believed by some in the past, though it is very common among those with personality disorders who those who suffer from PTSD or childhood abuse).

4) What functions self-harm serves.

5) The reasons people continue to self-harm.

6) Methods to identify and combat urges to self-harm.

7) Ways get help for quitting self-harm.
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