Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry

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Although medicine is practiced in a secular setting, religious and spiritual issues have an impact on patient perspectives regarding their health and the management of any disorders that may afflict them. This is especially true in psychiatry, as feelings of spirituality and religiousness are prevalent among the mentally ill. Clinicians are sometimes unaware of the importance of religion or understand little of its value as a mediating force for coping with mental illness. Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry addresses various issues concerning mental illness in psychiatry: the relation of religious issues to mental health; the tension between a theoretical approach to problems and psychiatric approaches; the importance of addressing these varying approaches in patient care and how to do so; and different ways to approach Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist patients. This is the first book to specifically cover the impact of religion and spirituality on mental illness.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book offers a readable summary of the most current approaches and research related to the role religion plays for psychiatric patients. The chapter authors, in general, are the experts in their fields.
Purpose: The editors hope to help clinicians be better able to integrate religion/spirituality in their work with psychiatric patients. At times this takes the form of assessment with referral to those more versed in religion/spirituality, but the book also includes suggestions of direct interventions with religious patients.
Audience: The target audience is clinicians at various levels who have limited information about the background and research in the area of both benefits and problems with religion/spirituality in patients with psychiatric disorders. With care, it could be used as a tool for training clinicians. The authors are among the best in a somewhat limited field. Although I looked immediately for tables and charts and found few, I was satisfied to know that the authors have done research and provided references to their work as well as that of others.
Features: The book is comprehensive in providing theory, including biopsychological components of religion/spirituality, as well as a potential hypothesis that spirituality is a dimension of personality. The view is balanced between benefits and problems of religion/spirituality for patients. The authors' approach is sensitive when distinguishing between culture and delusion as well as the purpose a delusion might serve for patients. The book includes references to international work. My only disappointment is in the attempt to provide beliefs of particular religions. I understand the purpose, but this always leads to a one-sided view of theology, not necessarily developed by those best trained in the field. This is a reminder of the role for those professionally trained as chaplains or pastoral counselors who have an appreciation of theology/spirituality and its different dimensions.
Assessment: The number of people who will pick up a book with a title like this might be limited. Those who do will be greatly enriched and will be pointed to a trail of more research that goes deeper into the topic.
From the Publisher
"This important volume on religion and psychiatry, intended specifically for clinicians, has a focus that differentiates it from others on the topic designed for clergy....[A] rich, useful resource. This insightful guide to the clinical significance of religious language and behavior in psychiatric contexts will be valuable for medical students and mental health professionals, along with pastoral counselors and graduate students in theology and psychology."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521889520
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Philippe Huguelet, MD, is Lecturer in Adult Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.

Harold G. Koenig, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

1 Introduction: Key Concepts Philippe Huguelet Harold G. Koenig 1

2 Spirituality and the Care of Madness: Historical Considerations Samuel B. Thielman 6

3 Theological Perspectives on the Care of Patients with Psychiatric Disorders Joel James Shuman 19

4 The Bible: Relevant Issues for Clinicians Armando R. Favazza 31

5 Religion/Spirituality and Neuropsychiatry Nader Perroud 48

6 Religion/Spirituality and Psychosis Philippe Huguelet Sylvia Mohr 65

7 Delusions and Hallucinations with Religious Content Sylvia Mohr Samuel Pfeifer 81

8 Religion/Spirituality and Mood Disorders Arjan W. Braam 97

9 Spirituality and Substance Use Disorders Alyssa A. Forcehimes J. Scott Tonigan 114

10 Religion, Spirituality and Anxiety Disorders Harold G. Koenig 128

11 Religion/Spirituality and Dissociative Disorders Pierre-Yves Brandt Laurence Borras 145

12 Self-Identity and Religion/Spirituality Pierre-Yves Brandt Claude-Alexandre Fournier Sylvia Mohr 158

13 Personality, Spirituality, Religiousness, and the Personality Disorders: Predictive Relations and Treatment Implications Ralph L. Piedmont 173

14 Religion, Spirituality, and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Harold G. Koenig 190

15 Community Psychiatry and Religion Marcus M. McKinney 215

16 Religious and Spiritual Assessment in Clinical Practice Sylvia Mohr Philippe Huguelet 232

17 Integrating Spiritual Issues into Therapy Rene Hefti 244

18 Explanatory Models of Mental Illness and Its Treatment Laurence Borras Philippe Huguelet 268

19 Psychiatric Treatments Involving Religion: Psychotherapy from a Christian Perspective William P. Wilson 283

20 Psychiatric Treatments InvolvingReligion: Psychotherapy from an Islamic Perspective Sasan Vasegh 301

21 Psychiatric Treatments Involving Religion: Psychiatric Care Using Buddhist Principles Charles Knapp 317

22 Teaching Religious and Spiritual Issues Elizabeth S. Bowman 332

23 Conclusion: Summary of What Clinicians Need to Know Philippe Huguelet Harold G. Koenig 354

Index 369

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