Countless Christians, including scores of saints, have suffered the profound, pervasive sorrow that modern psychiatrists call depression. Then, as now, great faith and even fervent spiritual practices have generally failed to ease this wearying desolation of the soul.
Catholic psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty reviews the effective ways that have recently been devised to deal with this grave and sometimes deadly affliction - ways that are not only consistent with the teachings of the Church but even rooted in many of those teachings.
Extensive clinical experience in treating patients with depression has shown Dr. Kheriaty that the confessional can't cure neuroses, nor can the couch forgive sin. Healing comes only when we integrate the legitimate discoveries of modern psychology and pharmacology with spiritual direction and the sacraments, giving particular attention to the wisdom of the Church fathers and the saints.
Here, with the expert help of Dr. Kheriaty, you'll learn how to distinguish depression from similar-looking but fundamentally different mental states, such as guilt, sloth, the darkness of sin, and the sublime desolation called the "dark night of the soul" that is, in fact, a privileged spiritual trial sent to good souls as a special gift from God.
You'll come to know how to identify the various types of depression and come to understand the interplay of their often manifold causes - biological, psychological, behavioral, cultural, and, yes, moral.
Then you'll learn about exciting breakthroughs in pharmacological and other medical treatments, the benefits and limitations of psychotherapy, the critical place that spiritual direction must have in your healing, and the vital role that Christian hope can play in driving out depression.
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I was skeptical when I bought this audiobook on depression. But I was so suprised by the depth of the knowledge in both psychiatry and traditional Catholicism when I started the book. I am a catholic physician who has some experience with the topic of depression, after hearing this book, my understanding of both the disease and treatment through the great spiritual directors of the past has increased tremendously! I highly recommend it to all catholics who wants to understand depression better.
Dr Kheriarty grounds the reader upfront about the somatic, social, and serious psychological cause and effects of depression. Never does he allude to a "just pray" mode of healing, and yet, with a courage so seldom seen in his discipline of medicine, he embraces, guides, and exhorts the critically placed fulcrum of spiritual maturity and efficacy. This book opens up possibilities, especially for those who serve the wounded. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can take on a new depth of intervention by integration of spirituality. Dr Kheriarty praises Dr Beck et al alongside St Augustine and St Therese de Liseaux. This volume expands the heart and mind of all who read it.
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