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•What are the symptoms of depression?
•What are the primary sources of emotional pain?
•Which personality dynamics lead to depression?
•How should a person deal with anger and anxiety?
•What medical treatments are available for depression?
Now updated with the latest research, Happiness Is a Choice explains the relationship between your spiritual life and your psychological health, and then spells out basic steps for recovering from depression and enjoying a happy, fulfilling life.
Inner Reflections 11
Part 1 What Is Depression?
1 Who Gets Depressed? 23
2 What Are the Symptoms of Depression? 25
3 Is Suicide a Sin? 31
4 Are Grief Reactions the Same as Depression? 34
Part 2 What Causes Depression?
5 Is Genetics a Good Excuse? 41
6 How Deep Do the Roots of Depression Run? 45
7 What Are the Primary Sources of Emotional Pain? 49
8 Do "Nice Guys" Finish Last? 53
9 Can Depression Be Acted Out? 73
10 What Precipitating Stresses Bring on Depression? 88
11 What Are the Personality Dynamics That Lead to Depression? 100
Part 3 How Can One Overcome Depression?
12 Are There Some Basic Guidelines for a Happy Life? 125
13 How Do You Handle Anger? 141
14 When Are Medication and Hospitalization Advantageous? 152
15 How Do You Handle Anxiety? 158
16 How Do You Find Lifelong Happiness? 164
Appendix 1 Classifications of Depression 187
Appendix 2 Case Studies of Depressed Individuals 197
Appendix 3 Drugs and the Treatment of Depression 201
Scripture Index 231
General Index 233