Anne Sexton

This case history notes that suicide was almost a way of life for Anne Sexton (1928-1974), an acclaimed US poet. There were many attempts with medication. Her suicide was with carbon monoxide. Sexton remained in psychotherapy from 1956 to 1974, was hospitalized on many occasions, was depressed, a substance abuser, promiscuous, prone to trances &[…]

Freddie Prinze

This article describes U.S. comedian Freddie Prinze’s life and his suicide. Prinze was a successful comedian who seemed to have everything he desired when he killed himself at the age of 22. In fact, he was addicted to drugs, and had longstanding problems with insecurity and personal relationships. The author asserts Prinze may have developed[…]

Eskimo Psychopathology in the Context of Eskimo Personality and Culture

This paper discusses psychopathology among Eskimos of Greenland & North America in a socio-cultural context. The author explores the relationship between psychiatric symptoms, personality & culture. He questions why Eskimos are more likely to display hysterical excitement rather than depression & paranoia. Child rearing, early socialization, social & economic life, religious beliefs, & the role[…]

A Clinical Study of 30 Wrist Cutters

Jim Jones: The Deadly Hypnotist

The author claims that the secluded, inescapable world of the Guyana compound was a final phase of a calculated plan designed by Jones to achieve “mass hypnosis at a social level”, a process of group regression that led to a full acceptance of the leader’s delusional system. His carefully selected followers were highly dissatisfied with[…]

Fantasized Companions & Suicidal Depressions: Two Case Reports

Also reprinted in What We Know About Suicidal Behavior and How to Treat It, ed. by S Lesse (Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc., 1988) p.133-156

Hysterical Self-Mutilation of the Tongue: A Case Study

The author presents the case history of a 29 year old unmarried female who repeatedly mutilated her tongue by biting. Her hysterical symptoms are explained in psychoanalytical terms. Numerous & varied attempts at treatment were generally unsuccessful. 28 ref. (NBB)

Noncompliance Following Renal Transplantation With a Background of Intercultural Conflicts

The Suicidal Patient in General Practice

Case Report: Hysterical Amnesia as an Alternative to Suicide

A case of hysterical amnesia is presented together with psychometric, psychophysiological and behavioral data. In the early stages of the amnesia the patient appeared preoccupied with death which was stress-related as measured by Dektor Psychological Stress Evaluator. Any attempt to reduce the amnesia made the patient become markedly suicidal. The findings are interpreted as supporting[…]