Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-30
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Although medicine is practised in a secular setting, religious and spiritual issues have an impact on patient perspectives regarding their health and the management of any disorders that may afflict them. This is especially true in psychiatry, as feelings of spirituality and religiousness are very prevalent among the mentally ill. Clinicians are rarely aware of the importance of religion and understand little of its value as a mediating force for coping with mental illness. This book addresses various issues concerning mental illness in psychiatry: the relation of religious issues to mental health; the tension between a theoretical approach to problems and psychiatric approaches; the importance of addressing these varying approaches in patient care and how to do so; and differing ways to approach Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist patients. This is the first book to specifically cover the impact of religion and spirituality on mental illness.

Author Biography

Philippe Huguelet, MD, is lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Geneva and University of Geneva, Switzerland. Harold G. Koenig, MD, is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center and at the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. vii
Introduction: Key Conceptsp. 1
Spirituality and the Care of Madness: Historical Considerationsp. 6
Theological Perspectives on the Care of Patients with Psychiatric Disordersp. 19
The Bible: Relevant Issues for Cliniciansp. 31
Religion/Spirituality and Neuropsychiatryp. 48
Religion/Spirituality and Psychosisp. 65
Delusions and Hallucinations with Religious Contentp. 81
Religion/Spirituality and Mood Disordersp. 97
Spirituality and Substance Use Disordersp. 114
Religion, Spirituality and Anxiety Disordersp. 128
Religion/Spirituality and Dissociative Disordersp. 145
Self-Identity and Religion/Spiritualityp. 158
Personality, Spirituality, Religiousness, and the Personality Disorders: Predictive Relations and Treatment Implicationsp. 173
Religion, Spirituality, and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatryp. 190
Community Psychiatry and Religionp. 215
Religious and Spiritual Assessment in Clinical Practicep. 232
Integrating Spiritual Issues into Therapyp. 244
Explanatory Models of Mental Illness and Its Treatmentp. 268
Psychiatric Treatments Involving Religion: Psychotherapy from a Christian Perspectivep. 283
Psychiatric Treatments Involving Religion: Psychotherapy from an Islamic Perspectivep. 301
Psychiatric Treatments Involving Religion: Psychiatric Care Using Buddhist Principlesp. 317
Teaching Religious and Spiritual Issuesp. 332
Conclusion: Summary of What Clinicians Need to Knowp. 354
Indexp. 369
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