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Happiness Is a Choice: The Symptoms, Causes, and Cures of Depression Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Drs. Minirth and Meier believe, however, that the emotional pain of depression can be overcome or altogether avoided. Drawing from their professional training, counseling experience, and biblical knowledge, they provide expert answers to questions such as:
• What are the symptoms of depression?
• What are the primary sources of emotional pain?
• Which personality dynamics lead to depression?
• How should a person deal with anger and anxiety?
• What medical treatments are available for depression?
Happiness Is a Choice explores the complex relationship between spiritual life and psychological health and then spells out basic steps for recovering from depression and maintaining a happy, fulfilling life.
Frank Minirth, M.D., is president of the Minirth Clinic in Richardson, Texas, and one of only 122 doctors in America and Canada certified by the prestigious American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. A member of the American Mensa, he is the author of several books, including A Brilliant Mind, and can be heard weekly on both local and national radio.
Paul Meier, M.D., is founder and medical director of Meier Clinics and a guest on numerous radio and television programs. He is the author or coauthor of a number of books on family, relationships, and mental health and is a nationally and internationally sought-after speaker.
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Where the book's flaws lie have more to do with a male bias that is infused into some of the work. I would disagree with some reviewers in their opinion that the authors are "fanatic" Christians. I do think they sometime come across as somewhat male chauvinistic. I agree with another reviewer that is not true that a battered wife is simply "satisfying an unconcious need to be a masochist". Many battered women grew up in homes where they witnessed their own mothers being battered by their husbands and were socialized into believing that this behavior was normal. They also are born and raised in a society where from the beginning women struggle with low self esteem because of the way they are treated from childhood. Thus their "learned helplessness" lead them to have low expectations of their male partners.
It is interesting though where the authors seem to condone violence against women they excuse men for what they call "righteous indignation" for their anger when their wives do not desire to engage in sexual activity with them. The authors come right out and say: "If a wife refuses her husband..she is violating his God given right...to each other's bodies."
I strongly disagree what the authors allege in "Chapter 10: What Precipitating Stresses Bring on Depression" that a "battered wife...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really awesome book that is well written for the layman covering the basics of understanding depression as well as mental illness and how to address.Published 2 months ago by Lynn Keller
An older book but the content is as relevant today and it was when it was first written.Published 3 months ago by KuyaKano
Great Book. I have given this book to three different people. All of them found this book quite helpful in dealing with their depression.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely love this book and have bought 15 copies to share so far.Published 10 months ago by Lisa from Ohio
Gives hope to the despondent, that they do not have to be tossed to and fro by their moods, but can make a difference in their own lives.Published 10 months ago by Wildflower
Recommended by our pastor. I bought several to add some to our church library.Published 12 months ago by LinRupp
This book was inspired by the best Christian doctors, written in a way to help the most people! It has been a treasured book in my home library for years. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Erma Mize
Depression is something that can be very debilitating and it is difficult to find answers. I believe Dr. Minirth and Dr. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gloria Jean Ellis