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The Neuroscience of Suicidal Behavior


Part of Cambridge Fundamentals of Neuroscience in Psychology

  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316602904

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  • Nearly one million people take their own lives each year world-wide - however, contrary to popular belief, suicide can be prevented. While suicide is commonly thought to be an understandable reaction to severe stress, it is actually an abnormal reaction to regular situations. Something more than unbearable stress is needed to explain suicide, and neuroscience shows what this is, how it is caused and how it can be treated. Professor Kees van Heeringen describes findings from neuroscientific research on suicide, using various approaches from population genetics to brain imaging. Compelling evidence is reviewed that shows how and why genetic characteristics or early traumatic experiences may lead to a specific predisposition that makes people vulnerable to triggering life events. Neuroscientific studies are yielding results that provide insight into how the risk of suicide may develop; ultimately demonstrating how suicide can be prevented.

    • Provides effective strategies for preventing suicide
    • Explains divergent neuroscientific approaches to study complex behaviors
    • Uses evidence to refute far-reaching myths that hinder suicide prevention
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    '… van Heeringen has made the neuroscience of suicide accessible, understandable, non-intimidating, reader-friendly, and actually rather interesting …' Alan L. Berman, The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316602904
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. What is suicidal behavior, and can it be prevented?
    2. Stress, vulnerability, and suicide: the stress-diathesis model
    3. The dark side of the brain: neuroscience approaches to suicidal behavior
    4. Lethal signals: the molecular neuroscience of suicidal behavior
    5. I think, therefore I do not want to be: the cognitive neuroscience of suicidal behavior
    6. Images of the suicidal brain: systems neuroscience and suicide
    7. In my end is my beginning: a developmental neuroscience perspective of suicidal behavior
    8. I predict, therefore I cannot be: a predictive coding account of suicidal behavior
    9. Predicting the unpredictable: the contribution of neuroscience to suicide prediction
    10. The treatment of suicide risk: neuroscience aspects.

  • Author

    Kees van Heeringen, Ghent University
    Kees van Heeringen is a Professor of Psychiatry, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, and Director of the Unit for Suicide Research at Ghent University, Belgium. He is also Co-founder of the Flemish Expertise Centre for Suicide Prevention. Professor van Heeringen's research has been awarded the Stengel Award by the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

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