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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company; Expanded edition (February 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824513525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824513528
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Paul Quinnett is a clinical psychologist and the President and CEO of the QPR Institute, an educational organization dedicated to preventing suicide. Author of seven books and an award-winning journalist, he is also Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, and the past Editor-in-Chief of Preventing Suicide: the National Journal.

An award-winning outdoor journalist and humorist with over 1,000 stories, articles, columns, essays and book chapters have appeared in Sports Afield, Fly Rod and Reel, Psychology Today, Audubon Magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times and the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, and the Wall Street Journal among dozens of others. He recently retired from writing the fishing column for Sporting Classics Magazine. He has authored seven books for professional and lay readers, including the classic fishing trilogy, Pavlov's Trout, Darwin's Bass and Fishing Lessons - the first books published on the psychology and philosophy of fishing in 300 years and now translated into Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

Paul is an avid angler, training consultant, and keynote speaker.

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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
.. I've got a good (well, depressing) 18 years of being severely depressed, with a few dysthymic (sp?) episodes thrown in for good measure. Being alive has often felt like pergatory-maybe worse... and... suicide... *is* an option, and it's one that I fight not quite on a daily basis, but very near. The thought of suicide is like my twin, if that makes sense. It's always there, a very comforting thought, but a thought that I'd REALLY like to go away - which is why I picked up this book. I've only read a few chapters and... I was *comforted* right away. It's so helpful to know that someone "out there" understand, and is trying to give you a life rope. I consider this book life jacket, and hope anyone in pain reads this.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2001
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This is one of the most compassionate books for those who are suffering in pain due to mental disorders. I have been battling severe depression and suicidal thoughts for some time. The gentleness and care from the author allowed me to open my heart enough to be able to read this book to the end. It was comforting and yet realistic at the same time. When we roam in the darkenss of suffering and pain, we tend to become blind and forget essential facts that may save our lives. I must admit that I have not been able to conquer my suicidal thoughts but "Suicide, the Forever Decision" helps me "fight" my illness. The book stays by my bedside.
Dr. Quinnett, reading your book makes one feel that they are sitting in an office and listening to your words with comfort. I believe that this is due to your understanding and care for this illness. In the near future, I will be volunteering and participating in a research project on antidepressants. I look forward for future writings from you not only for myself but for many others who are fighting the "beast". I thank you.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Janet Kaepplinger on January 1, 2001
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I work on a inpatient psychiatric unit and everyday we have patients who are on our unit with suicidal ideation. We use this book as mandatory reading for those patients. The feedback we receive has been great. We have yet to have anyone say they did not get anything out of it. Most of the patients have taken the book home with them. Staff have also read this book and we all feel that it is a great book that presents suicide in a very compassionate yet matter-of-fact manner. It has probably saved many lives. Thank you Paul!
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80 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1998
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In negatively reviewing this book, I feel like the Grinch that stole Christmas since so many people say that it has helped them. If it has, the wonderful. However, I found Quinnett's much publicised and lauded master work to be trite, superficial and uninformed by genuine behavior and brain science. He thinks that people who kill themselves are like everybody else. He often says things to them like your anger is just like mine, your grief and frustration are just like mine, etc. Sorry, Dr. Q., but unless you have manic depression, major depression, scizophrenia or any of these other MEDICAL and BIOLOGICAL conditions that cause abnormal behavior, the you don't know how we feel anymore than you know how a rape victim feels unless you've been raped. People who kill themselves do so because they had no other choice given their brain chemistry at the time of the deed, and the options open to them. If you want help us, then give us the proper medical care and stop preaching and telling us how much you want us to grow up and be responsible and think positive thoughts. To be fair, their are portions of this book which deal with suicide as the health issue that it is. He does, after all, recommend that people undergoing a suicidal crisis be hospitalized, that they see psychaitrists and take medication, etc. But then he spends much more of the book moralizing about suicide and talking about how life is a gift and how could you be so bad as to throw it away, and think of all the poor weeping relatives you will leave behind, ad neauseum. Sorry pal, but a life tormented a mood disorder is not much of a "gift" (if someone gave you a piece of s*** for Christmas, wouldn't you throw it away?Read more ›
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carol Jackson on March 20, 2000
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I have just finished reading this book and felt compelled to buy it. It offers hope to the hopeless and encouragement to those who are at their wits end and trying to survive. I felt a very personal contact with the author and sensed that his genuine concern for those considering suicide was apparent. This book goes right to the point and addresses the issues in a clear sensible way. It helped me so much that I feel the need to have it in my personal library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zach on January 6, 2011
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I ordered this book on an impulse because I was having a bad week. Most of the stuff the author says makes sense, but he presents it in a really strange fashion. It seems almost cynical to me and like he is trying to compare my own feelings to that of someone elses. The book did have some great points, like setting small goals for yourself, which can be helpful. This is an okay book if your looking for a little insight and maybe even a little hope if things aren't going too well, but I wouldn't recommend to someone who has had severe suicidal thoughts.
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