Night falls fast. Understanding suicide
Kay Redfield Jamison is well qualified to write on suicide, being an expert in mental disorders and having attempted suicide herself—she publicised her suffering from manic depression in her earlier book, An Unquiet Mind. Again, her style is clear and accessible and she writes with compassion and authority on a difficult subject. The text is comprehensive and Red? field Jamison masterly draws together the disparate areas of the study of suicide. Because most suicides are associated with serious mental illnesses (especially depres? sion, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia), these are naturally covered in the text, mak? ing this a good adjunct to your standard psychiatry textbook. The descriptions of the despair, of depression, or the experience of psychosis are among the most enlightening that I have encountered.
Redfield Jamison makes extensive use of excerpts from writings by the disturbed and suicidal, including both literature from famous authors and extracts from suicide