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Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide Paperback – October 10, 2000
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This book is a history of suicide, written by someone who has been manic-depressive and suicidal. The history is well-researched, complex, extensive, and disturbing. At times, reading this book was like wrapping my mouth around the exhaust pipe of a truck, with clouds of soul-corroding blackness filling every corner of my being. The book just contains so much sadness and grief: the sadness of the depressed people who have taken their own lives...the grief of their families...and the seemingly unreconcilable wrongness of a world where these sort of things happen all the time.
When I read it, everything I read seemed to be about my older sister, LeeAnne. The descriptions of depression all seemed to be about her, about how she behaved and talked, and in all of the accounts, the depressed people then killed themselves, or tried to. They died, and were gone forever.
It terrified me, but I was relieved to have read this, and I felt like I'd read it just in time. Night fell fast, the other hikers and I made camp in a rainstorm in a dense, wet grove of trees in New Brunswick, Canada. I left my tent and gear to go find a payphone at the flooded parking lot of a nearby truckstop. I called my sister and left a message; I told her I loved her, and told I would call her back that week.
In hindsight, I should have called every hour of every day until I reached her. In hindsight, I should have called every family member and had them call her too.
Because, two days later, my sister was dead.
Dead from too many Ibuprofen and sleeping pills.Read more ›
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Lots of interesting facts about suicide, but is not triggering for those with suicidal thoughts, as I expected it to be. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kelly
This is a must read for every one! Suicide should not be taken lightly and those who are plunged to the chaotic world of suicide (tendencies and notions) should not hesitate to... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Marina Choi
This book brought me great comfort years ago helping me to understand
that the urge to suicide in bipolar afflicted people is part of the illness.... Read more
The first mistake I made when bought this book was I didn't take in consideration how old it was: 1999. So, much of the information was not up to date. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Juan Lebron
I have read several of Ms Jamison's books. In all of them she provides insights into those of us with a different mental makeup. This was especially true of this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Georgianna
This book is very educational and full of research to help you understand the devastating and debilitating effect Suicide has on not only ours lives,but Everyone who is within your... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles Williams
I really liked this book. I'm a constant learner. I always wanted to know more about suicide and with this book I learn why people consider this option to their problems. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Abner Huertas