Half in Love with Death: Managing the Chronically Suicidal Patient

Author(s) : Joel Paris

Half in Love with Death: Managing the Chronically Suicidal Patient

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  • Publisher : Lawrence Erlbaum
  • Published : 2006
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 24628
  • ISBN 13 : 9780805860818
  • ISBN 10 : 0805860819
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"Half in Love With Death" presents a new way for therapists to manage chronically suicidal patients, an incredibly challenging task for clinicians and one where an insufficient amount of literature exists to guide professionals. Author, Joel Paris suggests an approach that defies conventional wisdoms about whether suicide can be predicted or prevented. He asserts that managing chronically suicidal patients begins with tolerating suicidality, understanding the inner world of patients, avoiding repeated hospitalizations, and focusing on life situations that maintain suicidal ideas and behaviors. Each chapter in the book develops a theoretical perspective based on empirical data, and many are illustrated by clinical examples.The topics addressed throughout the text include: distinctions among various types of suicidality; the inner world of the chronically suicidal patient, with a particular focus on pain, emptiness, and hopelessness; the relationship between chronic suicidality and personality disorders, especially the category of borderline personality; the effectiveness of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy for chronically suicidal patients; and the risks of litigation in managing this patient population. This volume is a crucially important resource for clinicians who treat chronically suicidal patients, as it fills a gap in existing literature and provides enlightened guidelines that stem from a large body of research in the field.

About the Author(s)

Joel Paris was born in New York City, but has spent most of his life in Canada. Dr. Paris' research interest is in borderline personality disorder. Dr. Paris has 193 peer-reviewed articles, and is the author of 17 books and 40 book chapters. Dr. Paris is an educator who has has won awards for his teaching.

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