A Bright Red Scream: Self-mutilation And The Language Of Pain

Paperback | October 1, 1999

byMarilee Strong

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Self-mutilation is a behavior so shocking that it is almost never discussed. Yet estimates are that upwards of eight million Americans are chronic self-injurers. They are people who use knives, razor blades, or broken glass to cut themselves. Their numbers include the actor Johnny Depp, Girl Interrupted author Susanna Kaysen, and the late Princess Diana.Mistakenly viewed as suicide attempts or senseless masochism--even by many health professionals--"cutting" is actually a complex means of coping with emotional pain. Marilee Strong explores this hidden epidemic through case studies, startling new research from psychologists, trauma experts, and neuroscientists, and the heartbreaking insights of cutters themselves--who range from troubled teenagers to middle-age professionals to grandparents. Strong explains what factors lead to self-mutilation, why cutting helps people manage overwhelming fear and anxiety, and how cutters can heal both their internal and external wounds and break the self-destructive cycle. A Bright Red Scream is a groundbreaking, essential resource for victims of self-mutilation, their families, teachers, doctors, and therapists.

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A resource beneficial to victims, their families, therapists and other professionals, A Bright Red Scream looks deeply into the psychology behind self-mutilation, a practice millions of North Americans engage in. Not only symptomatic of the young, cutting is a complex approach to pain management and expression by middle-aged profession...

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Self-mutilation is a behavior so shocking that it is almost never discussed. Yet estimates are that upwards of eight million Americans are chronic self-injurers. They are people who use knives, razor blades, or broken glass to cut themselves. Their numbers include the actor Johnny Depp, Girl Interrupted author Susanna Kaysen, and the l...

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Meet Daphne, age sixteen. There are times when she hurts so bad, "too deep for tears", that she must shed her own blood to "let out some of the hurt". There's Annie, a woman who stopped injuring herself years ago but admits that she would cut again because she loves her scars too much, loves the control they give her over her own body....

Marilee Strong has written for the Atlanta Constitution and San Diego Union. The recipient of a Pulitzer Fellowship to report on child victims of war trauma, she has won a National Headliner Award and a Society for Professional Journalists Excellence Award. She lives in Oakland, California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.6 inPublished:October 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140280537

ISBN - 13:9780140280531

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Calming the Screams This book is wonderfully written and filled with excellent information for self-injurers and their families. It gave me the strength to come forward about my problem and seek help. I am happy to say that I am no longer a self-injurer, and this book had a lot to do with that. I definately recommend it.
Date published: 1999-12-26

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Table of Contents

A Bright Red ScreamAcknowledgments
Introduction by Armandao R. Favazza, M.D.
Preface
1. The Walking Wounded
2. Into the Void
3. The Secret Language of Pain: The Psychology of Cutting
4. The Unkindest Cut of All: The Legacy of Childhood Sexual Abuse
5. The Body Keeps Score: The Psychobiology of Trauma
6. The Hunger Within: Eating Disorders, Body Alienation, and Self-Mutilation
7. A Walk on the Wild Side
8. Beyond the Pain: Hope and Healing from Self-Injury
9. A Safe Place
Notes
Resources
Index

From Our Editors

A resource beneficial to victims, their families, therapists and other professionals, A Bright Red Scream looks deeply into the psychology behind self-mutilation, a practice millions of North Americans engage in. Not only symptomatic of the young, cutting is a complex approach to pain management and expression by middle-aged professionals and grandparents alike. Providing insight into this heartbreaking phenomenon, Marilee Strong offers hope for breaking the pattern of pain.

Editorial Reviews

"An impressive complement to Mary Pipher's bestselling explication of the woes of adolescent girls, Reviving Ophelia" -- BOOKLIST