Depression as a Spiritual Journey

Depression as a Spiritual Journey

by Stephanie Sorrell


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Depression as a Spiritual Journey by Stephanie Sorrell

Depression as a Spiritual Journey is the first book to address depression as a spiritual journey in the context of medication and counselling. It serves as an invitation to reframe depression in a new way. Many people resist embracing medication as part of the healing process. Others confuse emotional and mental dis-ease.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846942235
Publisher: Psyche Books
Publication date: 10/16/2009
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication viii

Acknowledgement x

Foreword 1

Introduction 3

Part I

Chapter 1 Asking the Right Questions 13

Chapter 2 What is Depression? 15

Depression as an Illness of Being 19

Moderate to Major Depression 23

Seasonal Affective Disorder 27

Bipolar Disorder 29

Dark Night of the Soul and Creative Depression 34

Loss of Spiritual Connection 34

Chapter 3 Depression as a Spiritual Journey 36

Chapter 4 The Meaning of Suffering 42

The Three Levels of Suffering 44

Suffering through the Lens of the Major Religions 46

Suffering as Service 49

Chapter 5 Persephone and the Underworld 52

The Story 54

Will and Choice 56

Unpacking the Myth 58

A Moral Compass 66

The Light in the Darkness 67

Part II

Chapter 6 Tools on the Journey 69

Medical Intervention 69

My Own Experience 70

The Healing Field 71

Serotonin and Depression 73

Neurotransmitters and the Role of Neurons 76

Depression and the Brain 79

Glial Cells - the Clue 80

Antidepressants 81

Side Effects 88

Why Medication doesn't Always Work 89

What to do when Medication does Work 90

The Difficulty in Accepting Medication 91

Chapter 7 The Roots of Psychology 99

Psychodynamic Therapy 102

Cognitive Behavior Therapy 107

Humanistic Counseling 112

Transpersonal Psychoiogy 114

Jungian Analytical Therapy 317

Post Jungians and Creative Depression 124

Jung and Assagioli 124

Chapter 8 My Journey into Psychosynthesis 127

Psychiatrist, Mountaineer and Mystic 131

As Above, so Below 133

Part III

Chapter 9 Going Deeper 137

Sea Journey as Metaphor 138

The Odyssey 140

Chapter 10 Spiritual Emergency to Spiritual Emergence 144

Stanislav Grof, A Psychiatrist withInsight 149

A Psychotic Episode or Spiritual Emergency 154

Spiritual Emergency and the Dark Night of the Soul 157

Distinctions between the Self and the Superconscious 164

Distinctions between Mystical Experience and Schizophrenia 164

Spiritual and Global Emergency Today 165

Chapter 11 The Dark Night of the Soul 167

Teresa of Avila 169

St John of the Cross 176

Grace 178

Chapter 12 Defining the Dark Night 180

Dark Night of the Senses 181

Dark Night of the Spirit 186

Chapter 13 Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul 191

Chapter 14 Treasure and Creative Darkness 197

Creativity as Process 204

Part IV

Chapter 15 How to be with someone who is Depressed 215

Chapter 16 Understanding Suicide 223

"I Have Lost my Angel." 223

Shame 224

Suicide in the Young 225

Suicide in the Elderly 226

Mindsets about Suicide 227

Suicide Bombers 229

Chapter 17 How to be with a Suicidal Person 232

From Doing to Being 232

As a Spiritual Journey 234

The Gift 235

Conclusion 238

Glossary 240

References 244

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been so useful and informative to me. It seems to cover everything; from medication to the many types of therapy available.. It explores the 'Hero's journey' in relationship toe depression. Most striking of all is Stephanie's unique insight into this common and often hidden condition which has emerged from her own initiation into depression. I have given so many copies away to friends and colleagues and have had a lot of positive feedbook. One thing's for sure, the author knows her stuff, so this can be a personal journey as well as a richly informative textbook.