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This insightful and compassionate collection of essays includes stories by authors who not only struggled with ...
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.
This poignant and provocative anthology of more than 25 contemporary essays includes the stories of people who have personally struggled with and who have overcome depression, and of those who have learned to embrace depression as part of their psychological and spiritual growth.
|Prologue: Depression in Body, Mind, and Spirit||1|
|1||The Many Faces of Depression: How Depression Affects the Human Psyche||7|
|2||Darkness Visible: An Author's Personal Struggle with Depression||20|
|3||Beauty and the Beast: Exploring the Link Between Creativity and Depression||27|
|4||Meeting the Shadow at Mid-life: The Changing of the Gods||33|
|5||Despair, Hope, and Survival: Notes from a Nazi Concentration Camp||40|
|6||Undercurrents: A Personal Account of Electroshock Treatment||43|
|7||The Dark Night of the Soul: Depression and the Veil of Addiction||51|
|8||Cognitive Therapy: A Thinking Person's Remedy for Depression||59|
|9||Seeking the Spirit in Prozac: A Review and Critique of Peter Kramer's Listening to Prozac||70|
|10||Prozac and Personality: The Case of Tess||79|
|11||Depression in Borderline Personalities: Using Empathy to Heal the Wounded Self||83|
|12||Alternative Medical Treatments for Depression: What Your Doctor Doesn't Know Can Hurt You||92|
|13||The Energy Dynamics of Depression: Healing Depression Through Bodywork||102|
|14||The Dark Hero: A Jungian Case History||110|
|15||Sadness: The Enemy of Depression: Seeking Happiness Through Wholeness||113|
|16||Despair Work: Healing the Self Through Healing the Planet||115|
|17||Chaos Theory and Depression: Disintegrating into a New Life||129|
|18||Transpersonal Psychology and Depression: Attending to the State of Mind of the Healer||137|
|19||The Path of the Dragon: Psychedelic and Empathogenic Treatment of Depression||146|
|20||Reactions to Spiritual Awakening: A Descent from the Heights||157|
|21||Depression As a Loss of Heart: Opening to Healing Through Inner Work||160|
|22||Opening the Heart in Hell: Healing through Grief Work||168|
|23||The Medicine Buddha: Combining Antidepressant Medications with Spiritual Practice||176|
|24||Suicide and Transcendence: Crossing the Great Divide||184|
|25||The Paradox of Finding One's Way by Losing It: The Dark Night of the Soul and the Emergence of Faith||191|
|26||Transforming Depression Through Egocide: Symbolic Death and New Life||198|
|27||Gifts of Depression: Healing the Wounded Soul||214|