chapter  5
28 Pages

Issues of Mood and Anxiety

This conclusion presents some closing on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explores a number of ways that spirituality and religion can assist in recovery. It explains the author's aim to emphasize the integral connections between imagination, creativity, and spirituality and their role in healing. Since the field of psychiatry largely utilizes a medical model for treatment, the healing potential found in creative, spiritual, and religious expressions tends to be overlooked. The book shows how spirituality and religious experience particularly in such imaginative forms such as storytelling, music, and the arts can play an integral role in recovery from and management of mental illness. Listening, valuing the patient's humanity, encouraging healthy spirituality, challenging unhealthy spirituality, are important in any form of spiritually integrated therapy.