Happiness Is a Choice: New Ways to Enhance Joy and Meaning in Your Life

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Don't let depression steal your joy

Whether depression is felt mildly or acutely, temporarily or persistently, it strikes nearly everyone at one time or another. But the emotional pain of depression can be overcome—even altogether avoided. Drawing from their professional training, counseling experience, and biblical knowledge, Drs. Minirth ...

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Overview

Don't let depression steal your joy

Whether depression is felt mildly or acutely, temporarily or persistently, it strikes nearly everyone at one time or another. But the emotional pain of depression can be overcome—even altogether avoided. Drawing from their professional training, counseling experience, and biblical knowledge, Drs. Minirth and Meier provide expert answers to questions such as:

•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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801048760
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 255,848
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Frank Minirth, MD, is president of the Minirth Clinic in Richardson, Texas, and an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is one of only 122 doctors in the US and Canada certified by the prestigious Amiercan Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and holds doctorates in both medicine and theology. A member of the American Mensa, he is the author of several books, including A Brilliant Mind. For more information, contact www.minirthclinic.com.

Paul Meier, MD, is founder of the national, non-profit chain of Meier Clinics (www.meierclinics.org, 1-888-7CLINIC) and a guest on numerous radio and television programs. He is the author or coauthor of more than eighty books on family, relationships, and mental health that have sold millions of copies, and is a nationally and internationally sought-after speaker.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

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

Glossary 211

Notes 225

Scripture Index 231

General Index 233

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