Myths About Suicide

by Thomas E. Joiner

Hardcover, 288 pages, Harvard Univ Pr, List Price: $25.95 | purchase

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Myths About Suicide
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We need to get it in our heads that suicide is not easy, painless, cowardly, selfish, vengeful, selfmasterful, or rash; that it is not caused by breast augmentation, medicines, "slow" methods like smoking or anorexia, or, as some psychoanalysts thought, things like masturbation; that it is partly genetic and influenced by mental disorders, themselves often agonizing; and that it is preventable and treatable.