Depression As a Spiritual Journey

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-30
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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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.

Author Biography

Stephanie Sorrell has an MA in Applied Psychosynthesis Psychology. She has worked as editor for New Vision in Chichester for 7 years and also was a spiritual counsellor for some years. Her poetry has been published in gift books worldwide. She is also author of Trusting the Process and The River that Knows the Way. Currently, she works as a Clinical Support Worker at a general hospital in Cumbria.

Table of Contents

Dedicationp. viii
Acknowledgementp. x
Forewordp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Asking the Right Questionsp. 13
What is Depression?p. 15
Depression as an Illness of Beingp. 19
Moderate to Major Depressionp. 23
Seasonal Affective Disorderp. 27
Bipolar Disorderp. 29
Dark Night of the Soul and Creative Depressionp. 34
Loss of Spiritual Connectionp. 34
Depression as a Spiritual Journeyp. 36
The Meaning of Sufferingp. 42
The Three Levels of Sufferingp. 44
Suffering through the Lens of the Major Religionsp. 46
Suffering as Servicep. 49
Persephone and the Underworldp. 52
The Storyp. 54
Will and Choicep. 56
Unpacking the Mythp. 58
A Moral Compassp. 66
The Light in the Darknessp. 67
Tools on the Journeyp. 69
Medical Interventionp. 69
My Own Experiencep. 70
The Healing Fieldp. 71
Serotonin and Depressionp. 73
Neurotransmitters and the Role of Neuronsp. 76
Depression and the Brainp. 79
Glial Cells - the Cluep. 80
Antidepressantsp. 81
Side Effectsp. 88
Why Medication doesn't Always Workp. 89
What to do when Medication does Workp. 90
The Difficulty in Accepting Medicationp. 91
The Roots of Psychologyp. 99
Psychodynamic Therapyp. 102
Cognitive Behavior Therapyp. 107
Humanistic Counselingp. 112
Transpersonal Psychoiogyp. 114
Jungian Analytical Therapyp. 317
Post Jungians and Creative Depressionp. 124
Jung and Assagiolip. 124
My Journey into Psychosynthesisp. 127
Psychiatrist, Mountaineer and Mysticp. 131
As Above, so Belowp. 133
Going Deeperp. 137
Sea Journey as Metaphorp. 138
The Odysseyp. 140
Spiritual Emergency to Spiritual Emergencep. 144
Stanislav Grof, A Psychiatrist with Insightp. 149
A Psychotic Episode or Spiritual Emergencyp. 154
Spiritual Emergency and the Dark Night of the Soulp. 157
Distinctions between the Self and the Superconsciousp. 164
Distinctions between Mystical Experience and Schizophreniap. 164
Spiritual and Global Emergency Todayp. 165
The Dark Night of the Soulp. 167
Teresa of Avilap. 169
St John of the Crossp. 176
Gracep. 178
Defining the Dark Nightp. 180
Dark Night of the Sensesp. 181
Dark Night of the Spiritp. 186
Depression and the Dark Night of the Soulp. 191
Treasure and Creative Darknessp. 197
Creativity as Processp. 204
How to be with someone who is Depressedp. 215
Understanding Suicidep. 223
"I Have Lost my Angel."p. 223
Shamep. 224
Suicide in the Youngp. 225
Suicide in the Elderlyp. 226
Mindsets about Suicidep. 227
Suicide Bombersp. 229
How to be with a Suicidal Personp. 232
From Doing to Beingp. 232
As a Spiritual Journeyp. 234
The Giftp. 235
Conclusionp. 238
Glossaryp. 240
Referencesp. 244
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