In "an impressive compliment to Mary Pipher's. . . Reviving Ophelia" (Booklist), an award-winning journalist explores one of today's most misunderstood phenomena--self-mutilationSelf-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."A compelling tour of the trauma and science of self injury. . . Richly reported and achingly well-written." --Time"A Bright Red Scream has the hallmark of a classic work on a topic that [is] impossible to ignore." --The San Diego Tribune