Sacred Sorrows: Embracing and Transforming Depression

Sacred Sorrows: Embracing and Transforming Depression

by John E. Nelson, Andrea Nelson
     
 

Few maladies touch so many aspects of body, mind, and spirit as depression. Depression creates a vicious cycle of boredom, loneliness, anxiety, despair, meaninglessness, and feelings of inadequacy. Its pervasive grip can lead to eating disorders, lack of initiative, addictions, and physical illness, at the cost of one's livelihood, relationships, and even life itself.…  See more details below

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Few maladies touch so many aspects of body, mind, and spirit as depression. Depression creates a vicious cycle of boredom, loneliness, anxiety, despair, meaninglessness, and feelings of inadequacy. Its pervasive grip can lead to eating disorders, lack of initiative, addictions, and physical illness, at the cost of one's livelihood, relationships, and even life itself.

This insightful and compassionate collection of essays includes stories by authors who not only struggled with and overcame depression, but learned to look deep within themselves to find meaning and enlightenment, using their darkest moments as vehicles for psychological and spiritual growth. From Prozac to LSD, from behaviorism to chaos theory, from body work to Buddhism, the authors in this anthology present new ways of embracing and transforming depression, an ailment that touches nearly every one of us at some time in our lives.

Sacred Sorrows is essential reading for anyone suffering from depression, for students of psychology, and for therapists who help others cope with this devastating condition.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Drs. Nelson and Nelson have gathered together a highly readable collection of essays, some previously published and some original, to help the sufferer of depression and the healer to better understand themselves, each other and the condition itself. Through compelling case histories and scientific research, contributors such as Thomas Moore and Steven Levine show how depression can ultimately give those affected more than it takes away because transformation comes with extreme suffering, arguing that humanity may be able to see as much from the bottom as from the top. These 25 articulate experts make an impassioned plea to change our view of depression solely as an illness to be cured, because pathologizing depression inhibits any transcendent powers. All emotions are valuable and necessary, they say, not just the ones that feel good. Three sections comprise the anthology: Part I relates personal stories, including those of William Styron, Bruno Bettelheim and Martha Manning, to illustrate the devastating effects of depression. Part II explores varying theories about the origins of depression and sheds light on therapeutic techniques-psychotherapy, Prozac, body work, behaviorism and others. Part III introduces techniques involving chaos theory, LSD and Buddhism and uses them to show how depression can be a pathway to spiritual growth. The thread that binds this anthology together is one of hope, because it says that because depression provokes hard questions, it is also the instrument of spiritual transformation. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874778229
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/05/1996
Series:
New Consciousness Reader Series
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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