Comes the Darkness, Comes the Light

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Vanessa Vega

American Management Association

220 pages. $21.95.

A look at the dangerous world of self-cutting, a way of suppressing serious emotional distress by inflicting more controlled physical pain on one’s body. That perilous tactic is employed by some teens, especially girls, but this book is not so much for them as for adults who work with them. Vega writes of her own experience of falling into cutting, largely as an adult, and her gradual move toward happiness with the help of trained professionals. That perspective is sure to help parents or youth workers understand exactly where cutting emanates from, and how youth may try to mask it. (877) 566-9441,