Depression And Hope

Depression And Hope

by Howard W. Stone
     
 

Depression is second only to marital difficulties as the most common reason for individuals to seek pastoral counseling.

For centuries, spiritual writers have probed melancholia, as it has been traditionally termed, to articulate the problem of meaning and the trustworthiness of existence. Today, however, depression is increasingly treated with drug therapies.

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Overview

Depression is second only to marital difficulties as the most common reason for individuals to seek pastoral counseling.

For centuries, spiritual writers have probed melancholia, as it has been traditionally termed, to articulate the problem of meaning and the trustworthiness of existence. Today, however, depression is increasingly treated with drug therapies. Depression and Hope is an authoritative guide to appropriate ways of thinking about and treating depression for pastoral counselors. In his characteristically no-nonsense fashion, Stone explains the latest understandings of depression and its patterns, as well as the pros and cons of various drug treatments (including Prozac). Throughout he keeps before the reader the larger life questions posed by depression and its treatments. He places depression in the larger context of family and society and shows how proper handling of depression by clergy can increase the likelihood not only of a person's strong recovery, but also of a strengthened faith.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800631390
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
01/05/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
931,375
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
Introduction: A View of Depression1
Pt. 1Assessment
1Characteristics of Depression6
2Melancholy and Spiritual Desolation21
3Suicide and Depression32
4Family Life of the Depressed39
5Framing Hope47
Pt. 2Action
6Brief Pastoral Counseling of Depression: A Fourfold Approach64
7Interpersonal Interventions: Strengthening Intimate Relationships76
8Physiological Interventions: Prozac and Beyond90
9Cognitive Interventions: Changing How People Think106
10Behavioral Interventions: Shifting from Passive to Active Mode128
Epilogue144
Appendix: The Zung Scale149
Bibliography153
Index161

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