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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Collective Overuse of Antidepressants as a Psychological Defense Inhibiting Soul Opportunities
by Janger, Darren S., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2018, 51; 10750296
Abstract (Summary)

It is not the existence of depressive symptomology, but understanding the function and effect that should be central in how to best support patients. Even in cases of milder depression, phase-of-life issues, or adjustment-related depressive episodes, the myth of a magical pill, here an antidepressant, appeals to the human desire for cessation of whatever unpleasantness may be arising. As a collective, clinicians may be placating clients’ psychological defenses and natural desire to suppress or dissociate at the expense of allowing a soulful opportunity to work through and resolve challenges. Utilizing a primarily hermeneutic approach, the author contemplates various studies supporting psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and combined therapies. Ultimately, the case is made for decision-making processes that place higher value on the greater context of potential soul opportunities for resolution and healing as well as individuation and growth.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Steffora, Thomas
Commitee: Elliot, Jemma, Steffora, Thomas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Pharmacology, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Depth psychology, Existential psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Soul opportunity, Spiritual curriculum, Spiritual psychology
Publication Number: 10750296
ISBN: 978-0-355-86863-0
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