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Depression: finding the light in the dark (La dépression : retrouver la lumière au sein des ténèbres)

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Presentation

Depression, a disease of the century that some describe as a storm unleashed in the brain, a "storm of darkness", affects more people than it seems: this psychic pathology, which was called once "melancholy", will appear in 2020, according to the World Health Organization, in the second rank of diseases affecting the human species.

For Edward Welch, the essence of depression is to bring the affected person back to basic questions of existence, such as suffering, God and the meaning of life. This is why, in his desire to provide healing aid, he presents depression in all its complexity, with compassion and insight, far from simplistic platitudes or unrealistic catchwords. He explains the causes and multiple factors, not to mention the consequences that the patient must face: fear, anger, despair, failure and shame, guilt, death.

Throughout his reflection, imbued with biblical wisdom, personal empathy and in which a long experience as a counselor shines through, Edward Welch, speaking mostly to the sick himself, calls on the infinite treasures of the Gospel to encourage him in his fight, revive his hope and make him rediscover true joy.

To be read by those who, plunged into the abyss of despair, want to find the light again, and by those who, with unparalleled dedication, seek to provide them with constant support.

Author

A graduate psychologist, Edward Welch is a teaching member of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), created nearly fifty years ago to train in helping relationships and to provide psychological support and pastoral rooted in the Bible. A consultant for over thirty years, he has authored books on addictions, fear and anxiety. After When men have more importance than God (Impact), this book is his second work translated into French.

Table of contents

Introduction
1. The path ahead
2. How Depression Affects Us
3. Definitions and causes

Part 1: Depression hurts
4. Suffering
5. God
6. Cry out to God!
7. The fight
8. Remember
9. Having a purpose in life
10. Persevere

Part 2: Listening to Depression
11. Depression and its causes: the others, "Adam" and Satan
12. Depression and its causes: culture
13. The Heart of Depression
14. The Heart Unveiled
15. Fear
16. Anger
17. Shattered Hopes
18. Failure and Shame
19. Guilt and Legalism
20. Death

Part Three: More Help and Advice
21. Medical care
22. For families and friends
23. What Helped
24. What to expect

Part Four: Hope and Joy: Thinking Like God
25. Humility and Hope
26. Gratitude and joy

The last word

Details

Publisher : Excelsis
Author : Edward T. Welch
Publication : June 2015
Pages : 296
Weight : 365 g
Dimensions : 14 x 21 x 1.6 centimeters
ISBN : 9782755002379