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The Catholic Guide to Depression

In 04 Fr. John McCloskey on 2013/10/31 at 12:00 AM

THE CATHOLIC GUIDE TO DEPRESSION:
HOW THE SAINTS, THE SACRAMENTS AND PSYCHIATRY CAN
HELP YOU BREAK ITS GRIP AND FIND HAPPINESS AGAIN

It is highly unlikely that anyone reading this review has been untouched by clinical depression, either as one who has suffered from it or as one who knows others who have.

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty (with Father John Cihak) has written a book to address clinical depression from a perspective that fully acknowledges both its biological and spiritual dimensions.

The Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again, published by Sophia Institute Press, is, as far as I know, the only book of its kind from a Catholic point of view.

This book provides a full explanation of the illness and current treatments, along with sound advice on how spiritual methods of prayer and the sacraments can assist the standard pharmacological and cognitive treatments.

The first part provides a detailed explanation of types and causes of depression and related disorders, their relation to the spiritual life and the tragedy of suicide. The second part moves on to modes of treatment, with chapters on medication and other biological treatments, psychotherapy, spiritual help for depression, and Divine filiation and hope.

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http://www.catholicity.com/mccloskey/depression.html

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