The Catholic Guide to Depression

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Aaron Kheriaty, MD with Fr. John Cihak, STD
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The Catholic Guide to Depression
  • The Catholic Guide to Depression
  • Learn the importance of treating the soul along with the mind
  • A clear, concise, comprehensive presentation on depression
  • A profound, yet easy-to-read book

Countless Christians—including scores of saints—have suffered profound, pervasive sorrow that modern psychiatrists call “depression.” Then, as now, great faith and even fervent spiritual practices have generally failed to ease this wearying desolation of soul.

In these pages, Catholic psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty reviews the effective ways that have recently been devised to deal with this grave and sometimes deadly affliction — ways that are not only consistent with the teachings of the Church, but even rooted in many of those teachings.

Extensive clinical experience treating patients with depression has shown Dr. Kheriaty that the confessional can’t cure neuroses, nor can the couch forgive sin. Healing comes only when we integrate the legitimate discoveries of modern psychology and pharmacology with spiritual direction and the Sacraments, giving particular attention to the wisdom of the Church Fathers and the saints.

Here, with the expert help of Dr. Kheriaty, you’ll learn how to distinguish depression from similarlooking but fundamentally different mental states such as guilt, sloth, the darkness of sin, and the sublime desolation called “dark night of the soul” that is, in fact, a privileged spiritual trial sent to good souls as a special gift from God.

You’ll come to know how to identify the various types of depression and come to understand the interplay of their often manifold causes, biological, psychological, behavioral, cultural, and, yes, moral.

Then you’ll learn about exciting breakthroughs in pharmacological and other medical treatments, the benefits and limitations of psychotherapy, the critical place that spiritual direction must have in your healing, and the vital role that hope — Christian hope — can play in driving out depression.



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  • 5 Sep 8th 2016
    The Catholic Guide to Depression.

    Extraordinary assistance through medical and prescription guidance along with spiritual guidance. Excellent direction and examples to help the walk through depression.

    Deanna Hebert

  • 5 Oct 15th 2015
    Good spiritual Help Book

    I had been having some depression lately, I usually get over things okay, but the problems I have had in the past 20 years would make anyone commit suicide, so I am glad there is a book like this available. If you read it, you will see that you can cope much better! Praying the Rosary and reading the Bible and stories of the saints can help.

    Anne Marie Diadema

  • 5 Oct 15th 2015
    Catholic Guide to Depression

    My sister in New Orleans and I both ordered this book. We have found it most helpful with our clinical depression and medical treatment of it. So thankful to have the Catholic perspective.

    mary ignal

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