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In Her Wake

Monday, January 25, 2010

When Nancy Rappaport was just 4 years old, her mother committed suicide after a bitter divorce and custody battle. In In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide, Dr. Rappaport, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, uncovers the story of her mother’s suicide, and describes her own struggle to come to terms with it.

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Comments [4]

nancy Rappaport from cambridge hospital

I would never just tell a suicidal adolescent to be strong.
I would work to assess if there is a mental illness and ensure that they get adequate treatment.
I wanted to make sure Amy that you didn't think I would just tell them to resist feelings, they need help in finding alternatives and getting treatment if there is a biological illness. Nancy

Jan. 25 2010 11:57 PM
JD

Please bring Mr. Lopate back! Enough chick talk!

Jan. 25 2010 01:01 PM
Amy from Manhattan

It sounded to me as if Dr. Rappaport said she tells patients feeling suicidal who have children to try to be strong to resist those feelings. I hope I misunderstood, because that sounds so inadequate. Aren't there more active things she can suggest for them, like finding support groups? Certainly being in therapy in the 1st place is 1 thing, but if they're getting closer to acting on their feelings, they need more than "be strong."

Jan. 25 2010 12:56 PM
Gabriel from NYC

I can't fix this in me, I am dispensable. There isn't anything I've been able to do to change this feeling. I think that the guest is right but making that feeling stick of being indispensable isn't easy.

Jan. 25 2010 12:40 PM

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