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Interruptions in Identity

Interruptions in Identity
Engaging with Suicidality among the Indian Youth

  • Ambika Singh - Practising child and adolescent psychotherapist at Family Tree: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team, New Delhi, India.

August 2021 | 204 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Interruptions in Identity: Engaging with Suicidality among the Indian Youth explores the shift in the author’s perspective from an understanding of ‘suicide’ to an exploration of suicidality. The shift came organically from her experience of working in a university clinic and interacting with individuals who had communicated to her the presence of ‘suicidal thoughts’ during their sessions. The work is also an examination of how studying a tendency towards committing suicide is necessarily an attempt to understand the complex interplay of the personal and the social which often leads to that tendency described as suicidality.

The work turns a psychosocial lens and further elaborates on how suicidality expresses itself in the space between the subject and the therapist within the safe space of a clinic. In taking us through these narratives, the author builds a case that it is important to reflect not just on the nature of individual suffering but also its interaction with the prevalent and relevant socio-political forces
Prologue: An Arrival and a Return
What Is Suicide?
How Do We Engage with Suicidality?
Attempts at Engagement: Case Representations
Understanding Suicidality
Epilogue: Suicidality: A Relational Problem

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