Happiness Is a Choice: New Ways to Enhance Joy and Meaning in Your Life

Happiness Is a Choice: New Ways to Enhance Joy and Meaning in Your Life

by Frank MD Minirth, Paul MD Meier

Paperback(Revised and Expanded Edition)

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Whether depression is felt mildly or acutely, temporarily or persistently, it strikes just about everyone at some point. Drs. Minirth and Meier believe, however, that the emotional pain of depression can be overcome and avoided. Drawing from their professional training, counseling experience, and biblical knowledge, they explore the complex relationship between spiritual life and psychological health and then spell out basic steps for recovering from depression and maintaining a happy, fulfilling life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801048760
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Edition description: Revised and Expanded Edition
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 375,046
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Frank Minirth, MD (1946-2015) was president of the Minirth Clinic in Richardson, Texas, and an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. He was the author or coauthor of several books, including Happiness Is a Choice and A Brilliant Mind. For more information, contact www.minirthclinic.com.

Paul Meier, MD, is founder of the national, nonprofit chain of Meier Clinics (www.meierclinics.org, 1-888-7CLINIC) and a guest on numerous radio and television programs. He is the author or coauthor of more than eighty books on family, relationships, and mental health that have sold millions of copies, and is a nationally and internationally sought-after speaker.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Inner Reflections 11

Part 1 What Is Depression?

1 Who Gets Depressed? 23

2 What Are the Symptoms of Depression? 25

3 Is Suicide a Sin? 31

4 Are Grief Reactions the Same as Depression? 34

Part 2 What Causes Depression?

5 Is Genetics a Good Excuse? 41

6 How Deep Do the Roots of Depression Run? 45

7 What Are the Primary Sources of Emotional Pain? 49

8 Do "Nice Guys" Finish Last? 53

9 Can Depression Be Acted Out? 73

10 What Precipitating Stresses Bring on Depression? 88

11 What Are the Personality Dynamics That Lead to Depression? 100

Part 3 How Can One Overcome Depression?

12 Are There Some Basic Guidelines for a Happy Life? 125

13 How Do You Handle Anger? 141

14 When Are Medication and Hospitalization Advantageous? 152

15 How Do You Handle Anxiety? 158

16 How Do You Find Lifelong Happiness? 164

Appendix 1 Classifications of Depression 187

Appendix 2 Case Studies of Depressed Individuals 197

Appendix 3 Drugs and the Treatment of Depression 201

Glossary 211

Notes 225

Scripture Index 231

General Index 233

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