Kate Bornstein is a nationally-known gender expert who has recently wrote a book called 101 Alternatives to Teen Suicide. It has its predictable and unpredictable pieces of advice, but it also has some radical thoughts as well. She says that one alternative to suicide is cutting yourself. Another piece of advice is to take drugs. She describes her reasons why she gave this radical advice in this interview:
When people look at the onesÃ¢â‚¬â€especially those like cutting and starving and taking drugsÃ¢â‚¬â€everyone who was involved in this book gave them a lot of pause, and we went back and forth to figure out how best I could present them. I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to knock them out because those are all things that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done to stay alive. But how do you write about that? How do you say, Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really stupid but [Laughs] if it comes down to killing yourself or doing that, please do it!Ã¢â‚¬Â ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really what it came down to. And how would I say that with as much care and as much love, and without being a preachy jerk about it? That was the hard part, I think.
It does have a kind of shaky logic to it, and yes, I guess if it comes down to killing yourself or doing something slightly better, though not much, then you should do the alternative. But one of the readers in the comment made some good points:
I’ve done extensive study in abnormal psychology which includes the self-mutilating behaviors of cutting, anorexia, and bulemia. Recommending that someone do those things – EVEN as an alternative to suicide – is NOT reasonable. It is not moral. It is not responsible.
I’ve worked off and on with suicide support groups for the last two years. I have heard many, MANY different coping mechanisms suggested. Self-mutilation is never one of them.
Becoming anoretic, cutting yourself, or getting addicted to drugs will not alleviate depression. It makes depression much, much worse. Sorry if I base my opinion on scientific studies rather than “right-wing propaganda”, but I rather think my opinion is valid here.
And this is what I thought, as well, with not so many words. From what I remember hearing, taking drugs and alcohol only fuel the depression more, in fact many people actually get up the guts to kill themselves after they’ve been on drugs or are in an alcoholic haze.