1st Edition

Counseling for the Soul in Distress
What Every Religious Counselor Should Know About Emotional and Mental Illness, Second Edition

ISBN 9780789016300
Published April 3, 2003 by Routledge
296 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

Learn how to help your congregants work cooperatively with mental health professionals!

This revised edition of The Soul in Distress i is a reader-friendly overview of the full range of adult psychiatric disorders. Updated with new information on genetics, brain scans, heredity, developmental concerns, new medications, and stress, it suggests ways for clergy to assist their congregants suffering from these illnesses and provides ethical guidance and clinical examples, often illustrating how physical disease can affect mental health. It also examines new short-term therapies and ways to handle difficult personalities.

From author Richard W. Roukema, MD, FAPA:
“With the recent events of terrorism in our country, the need for the clergy to be alert to the fallout on the lives of their congregants is clear. Anxiety, depression, prolonged grief, and post-traumatic stress disorder will be increasingly evident as the threat of terrorism continues. Now more than ever, the clergy should obtain a basic overview of the emotional and mental disorders they may encounter in their congregations. This book will update the clergy to the current state of knowledge in the field.”

With fascinating case studies, and practical suggestions for dealing with various psychiatric disorders, Counseling for the Soul in Distress: What Every Religious Counselor Should Know About Emotional and Mental Illness, Second Edition examines:

  • new trends in psychotherapy such as EMDR and Christian counseling
  • the art of providing appropriate referrals to psychiatrists
  • the aftermath of the September 11 attacks
  • the ways that loss and grief affect the personality
  • personality disorders
  • depression and other mood disorders
  • eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and obesity
  • stress and its implications
  • schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • neuroses
  • organic mental disorders
  • sexual problems
  • drug abuse and alcoholism
Written specifically for the clergy by a well-respected psychiatrist, this new edition of Counseling for the Soul in Distress is an essential addition to your reference shelf!

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: Conflicts and Concerns of Religion and Psychiatry
  • A Look Backward
  • Common Roles
  • Historical Changes
  • What Psychiatry Can Do
  • Chapter 2. Parents, Society, and Heredity
  • The Freudian Revolution: The Shift to Parental Responsibility
  • Effect on Child Rearing
  • The Shift to Social Causes
  • Reactions to Social Changes
  • Research on Heredity of Mental Illness
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. Biochemistry, Mental Illness, and Medication
  • What Is a Disease?
  • The Use of Medication in Psychiatry
  • Selecting the Proper Medication
  • Chapter 4. Mood Disorders: Depression and Manic States
  • Prevalence of Depression
  • The Nature of Depression
  • What Causes Depression?
  • Environmentally Induced Depression: Phil
  • A Biologically Induced Depression: Bob
  • Medical Treatment
  • Antidepressant Medications
  • Using Antidepressants in Other Psychiatric Conditions
  • A Look Backward
  • Beyond Medication
  • How Can the Clergy Help?
  • Chapter 5. Schizophrenic Disorders
  • What Is Schizophrenia?
  • A Brief History
  • What Causes Schizophrenia?
  • Antipsychotic Drugs (Neuroleptics)
  • The Role of the Clergy
  • Chapter 6. Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Schizophreniform Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Brief Psychotic Disorder
  • Shared Psychotic Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition
  • Treatment of the Psychoses
  • The Role of the Clergy
  • Chapter 7. The Neuroses
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • What Can the Clergy Do About Anxiety Disorders?
  • Chapter 8. Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • What Is Alcoholism?
  • Why Do People Drink Alcohol?
  • Drinking Patterns
  • How Many People Drink Alcohol?
  • Types of Alcoholism
  • Drug Abuse
  • Treatment of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • The Important Role of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Substance Abuse and the Clergy
  • Chapter 9. Organic Mental Disorders
  • Overview of Organic Mental Disorders
  • What Causes Organic Mental Disorders?
  • Diagnosing Organic Brain Disease
  • Organic Disease Masquerading As Emotional Illness
  • What Can the Clergy Do?
  • Chapter 10. Personality Disorders
  • How Does the Personality Develop?
  • Classification of Personality Disorders
  • Understanding Personality Types
  • Personality Types and the Clergy
  • Chapter 11. The Psychological Effects of Loss
  • Losses Large and Small
  • Defending Against Loss
  • Recognizing Stages of Grief in the Family
  • Dealing with Loss
  • Loss and the Clergy
  • Chapter 12. Sexual Problems in Our Culture
  • Recent Changes
  • The Sexual Disorders
  • The Paraphilias
  • Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Treatment
  • Other Sexual Topics
  • What Can the Clergy Do?
  • Chapter 13. Eating Disorders
  • Early Feeding
  • An Overview of Eating Disorders
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia
  • Binge-Eating Disorder
  • Obesity
  • Further Research Directions
  • What the Clergy Can Do
  • Chapter 14. Understanding Stress
  • Stress: Yesterday and Today
  • Human Development and Stress
  • Stresses of Childhood
  • Adult Stresses
  • Stress on the Job
  • Identity Problems
  • The Stress of Loss
  • Marital Stress
  • Coping with Stress
  • Exploring Needs
  • Chapter 15. Pastoral Ethics: A Psychiatrist's View
  • Confidentiality
  • Transference and Countertransference Problems
  • Countertransference
  • Commitment
  • Summary
  • Chapter 16. Psychotherapists: Who, What, Why, and When to Refer
  • The Psychiatrist's Education
  • Basic Assumptions in Psychiatry
  • Types of Psychotherapy
  • Recent Developments
  • The Competent Psychotherapist
  • Choosing a Psychotherapist
  • Chapter 17. Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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