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A Bright Red Scream Self-mutilation and the language of pain by Marilee Strong
  

A Bright Red Scream Self-mutilation and the language of pain

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A Bright Red Scream Self-mutilation and the language of pain by Marilee Strong

As groundbreaking as REVIVING OPHELIA and Hope Edelman's MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS, A BRIGHT RED SCREAM is a compelling investigation of why so many people deliberately hurt themselves and what can be done to help them. This is an illness that was outed on a global scale when Princess Diana admitted hurting herself deliberately, and it continues to be practised mainly by middle-class women who start in their teens and self-harm throughout their lives. Most cutters are women who have been emotionally, sexually, or physically abused as children, but Strong's research shows that self-mutilation appears in other groups. There are powerful first-person stories, in which cutters describe their ritualistic methods and somewhat addictive cravings for seeing their own blood.Though research is in its infancy, therapists say there are now promising treatments -- from medication to intensive psychotherapy -- for the millions of 'cutters'. Strong reveals what the afflicted and those close to them can do to start a process of healing.

Reviews

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY * 'This beautifully written, sensitively told account of people who mutilate themselves is filled with riveting stories that will haunt a reader long after the last page has been turned. Every person who has ever taken a razor to her body, along with the p * TES * 'An important addition to psychological literature' * BIG ISSUE * 'Strong's book ought to leap on to the reading list of anyone involved in pastoral work with adolescents. Those bright red screams want to be heard' * Compelling reading about the psychology of self-harm, 'A Bright Red Scream * demystifies forms of behaviour, where an individual is compelled to cut and injure themselves. . . The disturbing material in this book is sensitively handled' *


About the Author

Marilee Strong, an award-winning journalist known for her groundbreaking 1993 article on self-mutilation, is the recipient of a Pulitzer Fellowship for her work on childhood victims of war trauma.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th July 2005

Author

Marilee Strong

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Publisher

Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Psychiatry

ISBN

9781844082322

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