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The Pastoral Care of Depression : A Guidebook - Harold G. Koenig

The Pastoral Care of Depression

A Guidebook

Paperback Published: 1st March 1998
ISBN: 9780789002655
Number Of Pages: 136

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What is depression, and what are its many and varied types? Who becomes depressed, and how can it be recognized? How can depression be measured, and what are its suicidal potentialities? What are the therapeutic interventions the pastor can use in helping people who are undergoing the pain of depression? The Pastoral Care of Depression: A Guidebook answers these questions and many more. With a focus on the pastor as an instrument of healing in cooperation with families, physicians, and other mental health professionals, this book will help you understand some of the current research and procedures used in helping people suffering from depression. As the frontline mental health workers in many communities, pastors need confidence, competence, and skill in handling people with emotional problems. As Author Binford W. Gilbert explains, "Depression is among the most treatable of major illnesses. It enters the realm of the spiritual and demands the best of the pastoral leader to guide, assist, and enhance the struggle for peace and soundness of mind and body." The Pastoral Care of Depression helps caregivers by overcoming the simplistic myths about depressive disorders and probing the real issues. This book covers:
a thorough description of clinical depression
predisposing factors that may lead to depression
the need for a multidisciplinary approach, and the role of the pastor on the treatment team
the importance of church and family involvement
diagnosis--the ability to distinguish between normal grief, ordinary blues, situational depression, and clinical depression
ministers'own emotional, physical, mental, and relational health
the pastor's privileged role that gives him/her unique abilities and opportunitiesA valuable resource for pastors, chaplains, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, family members, and teachers of pastoral care, The Pastoral Care of Depression is meant to inspire action-oriented counseling; to establish cooperative relationships between ministers, families, and the medical community; to carry out responsible and innovative creative therapeutic interventions; and to treat the whole human being.

Introductionp. 1
Depression: How It Feelsp. 9
The Roots of Depressionp. 17
The Subconscious and Depressionp. 23
Making the Diagnosisp. 33
Cognitive Therapyp. 41
Behavioral Treatmentp. 53
The Pastor: Unique Caregiverp. 65
A Theology of Pastoral Carep. 75
The Minister's Own Mental Healthp. 89
Taking Charge of Your Lifep. 105
Summaryp. 117
Notesp. 119
Indexp. 123
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780789002655
ISBN-10: 0789002655
Series: Haworth Religion and Mental Health
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 1st March 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1