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By Edwin S. Shneidman

Post-mortem of a Suicidal brain is a uniquely extensive mental research of a suicidal brain. during this poignant clinical learn, Edwin S. Shneidman, a founding father of the sector of suicidology, assembles a rare forged of 8 well known specialists to investigate the suicidal fabrics, together with a ten-page suicide be aware, given to him by way of a distraught mom searching for insights into her son's tragic dying. The mental post-mortem facilities at the interviews performed via Shneidman with Arthur's mom, father, brother, sister, ally, ex-wife, female friend, psychotherapist, and attending physician.To achieve a few realizing of this man's excessive mental soreness and to check what can have been performed to avoid wasting his tortured existence, Shneidman approached the head suicide specialists within the nation to research the observe and interviews: Morton Silverman, Robert E. Litman, Jerome Motto, Norman L. Farberow, John T. Maltsberger, Ronald Maris, David Rudd, and Avery D. Weisman. all of the 8 specialists bargains a distinct point of view on Arthur's tragic destiny, and the sum in their conclusions constitutes a rare mental post-mortem. This e-book is the 1st of its style and a impressive contribution to the research of suicide. psychological overall healthiness execs, scholars of human nature, and individuals whose lives were touched through this cruel subject may be mesmerized and enlightened by way of this targeted quantity. An epistemological journey de strength, it's going to communicate to somebody who's taken with human self-destruction.

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I want your happiness” (addressed to girlfriend). “[P]lease move on and make a marvelous life for yourself” (addressed to male friend). “You will survive without me” (addressed to male friend). “I need you to be happy that I’m out of pain” (addressed to sister). 2 A plea for forgiveness: “[R]emember me and be happy for me. ” “Understand that I was just suffering too much to bear anymore” (addressed to sister). “I will do it now. ” 6 Remorse and regret: “I am sorry for leaving you” (addressed to male friend).

And so forth. These questions (and others) are the background of this present psychological autopsy in which the mode of death—suicide—is clear but in which the questions surrounding the event draw us into a larger (epistemological, psychological, psychiatric) discussion. This report concerns a 33-year-old male Caucasian who was both a physician and an attorney and who committed suicide by means of a drug overdose. His parents are nonobservant Jews of central European descent. He killed himself in a large metropolitan area in the United States in the early years of the twenty-first century.

Consultation: silverman 21 This page intentionally left blank INTERVIE W WITH THE MOTHER 4 W ithout exception, the interviews with each of the seven family members and two professionals went well. We had good rapport and mutual respect. All nine interviews were done within one 6-month period, all within a few months of Arthur’s death. Although an established protocol exists for conducting a psychological autopsy, with these nine special people I certainly did not have a checklist of questions. Common sense (and common courtesy) dictated the flow of talk.

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