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THEOLOGY AND SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Watts, F.

Zygon. VOL 53; NUMBER 2, ; 2018, 336-355 -- John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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  • Title:
    THEOLOGY AND SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
  • Author: Watts, F.
  • Found In: Zygon. VOL 53; NUMBER 2, ; 2018, 336-355
  • Journal Title: Zygon.
  • Subjects: Religion; Dewey: 200 215
  • Publication Details: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: Abstract The approach to mental health and well-being taken here illustrates the complementary perspectives approach and assumes that there are useful and intersecting contributions from science (including medicine) and from religion and spirituality. What counts as poor mental well-being depends on the interaction of relatively objective criteria with culturally contingent value judgments. I then discuss theological perspectives on depression, including a consideration of sources of hope and tolerance of dysphoria, and argue that depression can be part of a spiritual journey. I then look at the relationship between psychosis and religion, including the work of Isabel Clarke, arguing that a spiritual approach to psychosis can complement a medical approach. Finally, I present a pastoral case study illustrating the interface between neurological and spiritual aspects of the sense of presence. A religious perspective can challenge and complement current assumptions about mental health in a potentially fruitful way.
  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCRN389804196; Journal ISSN: 0591-2385
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Physical Description: Physical
  • Shelfmark(s): 9538.880000
  • UIN: ETOCRN389804196

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