Suicide

Personal Story of a Life Touched by Suicide

The person who gave this talk at an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk this Fall has asked that the location of the walk and her name be withheld so as not to cause any emotional harm to other family members who are at different points in the recovery and healing… Read more »

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Why We Lost a Lovable Genius: The Hidden Enemy in Suicide

I’ve spent 30 years working in the field of suicide prevention. Still, it never gets easier or less shocking to process a tragedy like that of Robin Williams’ death. I didn’t know him, but Williams possessed the sort of warmth, humor, presence and vulnerability that made most of us feel like he was a friend. He was lovable… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Somatoform Dissociation

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore talks about the etiology of somatoform dissociation, its role in suicide, and the potential for therapy to alter this trajectory. Dr. Allan Schore: Well, the classical is the disruption of consciousness and ongoing states of consciousness.  And so therefore, when the infant, let’s… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Role of Non-Verbal Communication in Treating Suicidal Patients

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore discusses the non-verbal communications critical to affecting outcomes in therapy with suicidal patients.  Dr. Allan Schore: Just for the record, we’re not talking here about anxiety and guilt.  Anxiety and guilt are kind of left (brain).  We’re talking about affects which are, have… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Key Factors in Treating Suicidal Individuals

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes key factors in treating suicidal individuals, particularly the therapists’ capacity for affect tolerance.  Dr. Allan Schore: The principle of affective communication goes on throughout the lifespan.  So just as the centrality to be able to communicate one’s internal affective states to another… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Role of Shame in Suicide

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore talks about the role of shame in the roots of suicide.   Dr. Allan Schore: I do not feel that suicide is about guilt.  It’s about something much deeper, much more fundamental.  Shame of course is not verbal.  It’s visually being seen in the… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Inter-Generational Transmission of Trauma and Suicide

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes working in the heart of the inter-generational transmission of trauma and suicide.  Dr. Allan Schore: There is now pretty good evidence that the attachment mechanism cuts across all species, all mammals.  So we’re looking at the same mechanism here.  But, essentially what… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on Effective Suicide Prevention and Early Attachment

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore explains that effective suicide prevention is contingent upon addressing the mother infant dyad in the first year of life. Dr. Allan Schore: The links between early development and later either resiliency or later vulnerability to psychopathology now are really locking in place.  I… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Psycho-Biological Nature of Suicidality

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore explains the psycho-biological nature of suicidality.  Dr. Allan Schore: Now in cases whereby you have early severe attachment problems, such as neglect and abuse, again, this will alter the trajectory of the right (brain) over time.  And it will affect some of the… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Physiological Impact of Dissociation

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore. Dr. Allan Schore describes the physiological impact of dissociation in response to early trauma, and its effect on suicidality.  Dr. Allan Schore: And then one more here is the matter of the unique forms of defenses that are used by such patients in these severe situations. … Read more »

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