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.
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.