Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Catholic Guide to Depression {book review}


This book review is not done on behalf of any company.  I am not receiving any compensation to do this.

This is a most excellent book and I felt the need to share a little about it.

A Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again is written by Catholic psychologist Dr. Aaron Kheriaty.

As one who has suffered the effects of depression and anxiety for over 10 years, in addition to leading a deep prayer life, this book is truly a blessing. I have read several books on depression, some Christian and some specifically Catholic. This is by far the most excellent resource for depression I have been privileged to read.

Dr. Kheriaty not only addresses the topic of depression itself, but the spiritual life as well, for man is not just a mind and a physical body, but is imbued with an immortal soul. The healing of the soul cannot be separated from the healing of body/mind.

The author writes on topics including types and causes of depression, depression and the spiritual life with enlightening insights on differentiating depression from specific spiritual trials, suicide, treatments, and spiritual help with a focus on the virtue of hope.

There is no clear line of demarcation between the pysche and the spirit and Dr. Kheriaty makes that clear in abundance. He stresses the importance of treating the soul along with the mind which I found quite refreshing as well as his faithfulness to the Catholic tradition.

This is a book I would recommend to all spiritual directors and psychologists. I, for one, am most grateful to the author for helping me to continue my path to healing. Thank you.

{For more excellent depression resources, check out my depression resources page}


  1. Wow. This books sounds amazing. I have to admit the few books I've read on being Catholic and struggling with depression never impressed me too much. The were good books overall, but never went deep enough (perhaps that's just my temperament). The only "answers" I felt like I found were in St. John of the Cross. I will have to purchase this. Thanks for the review!

  2. I cannot wait to get this book. I am so glad it has brought you something positive.

  3. Thank you ladies. It is truly the best I have read and it is especially important because of the deep prayer life I am called to live in Carmel, it is good to be able to discern what is depression or what is a spiritual trial (or a combination of both which is quite frequent!).

    @Jen...always I return to John of the Cross who was so ahead of his time in psychology. He is mentioned in this book as well.

    I am glad (and blessed beyond measure) to help others.

  4. Hi Theresa:

    I've been reading Surviving Depression and Catholics and Depression has been on my wish list for a while. Thank you for this review.


    1. You are most welcome. Out of all the books I read on depression, this is my favorite : )


Always blessed by your kind words...

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