Transforming Depression: Healing the Soul Through Creativity

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In this groundbreaking book, David H. Rosen, M.D., offers depressed individuals, their families, and therapists a lifesaving course in healing the soul through creativity. This is a book about transforming depression and its powerful pull toward suicide into a meaningful alternative. In Transforming Depression, Dr. Rosen applies Carl Jung's method of active imagination to treating depressed and suicidal individuals. Having dealt with depression in his own life and the suicides of loved ones, Dr. Rosen shows that ...
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Overview

In this groundbreaking book, David H. Rosen, M.D., offers depressed individuals, their families, and therapists a lifesaving course in healing the soul through creativity. This is a book about transforming depression and its powerful pull toward suicide into a meaningful alternative. In Transforming Depression, Dr. Rosen applies Carl Jung's method of active imagination to treating depressed and suicidal individuals. Having dealt with depression in his own life and the suicides of loved ones, Dr. Rosen shows that when people learn to confront the rich images and symbols that emerge from their struggles, they can turn their despair into a fountain of creative energy. He details the paths of four patients whose work in painting, pottery, and dance - in conjunction with psychotherapy - led them from depression to a more meaningful life. Their dramatic paintings illustrate the text.

Part One presents an overview of the biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual factors involved in the diagnosis of depression.

Part Two provides a new therapeutic approach to treating depression, focusing on the symbolic death and rebirth of the ego (ego-cide) as an alternative to suicide.

Part Three presents in-depth case studies from Dr. Rosen's practice.

Part Four discusses how we can recognize crisis points and how creativity can transform depression. The author pays particular attention to the problem of teen suicide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892540617
  • Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Jung on the Hudson Book Series
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations xi
Color Plates xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Prologue xvii
Part I. Background and Context
Chapter 1. Understanding Depression and the Quest for Meaning 3
Chapter 2. Knowing Suicide and Its Creative Potential 21
Chapter 3. Recognizing and Treating Depressed and Suicidal People 36
Part II. An Innovative Way of Healing
Chapter 4. Egocide and Transformation: A New Therapeutic Approach 61
Chapter 5. Healing Images: Symbols of Transformation 85
Part III. Four Transforming Journeys
Chapter 6. Rebecca: Traversing the Dark Night of the Soul 101
Chapter 7. Gary: The Dance of the Dragon 129
Chapter 8. Sharon: Death of the Inner Witch and Birth of the Creative Self 145
Chapter 9. Paul: Egocide and the Buddha 181
Part IV. Spiral of Chance: Symbolic Death and New Lifeo
Chapter 10. Crisis Points: How Egocide Can Help 209
Epilogue 223
Notes 227
Bibliography 243
Index 255
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