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Case Studies in Depression

Based on the Edgar Cayce Health Methods

David McMillin, M.A.

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Edgar Cayce gave over one hundred discourses which addressed the causes of depression, recommending relatively simple, natural therapies to treat it. Based on the use of holism and clinical applications suggested in the Edgar Cayce material, this introductory volume explores the causes of depression and the roles of attitude and spiritual life in its treatment.

This book also includes valuable information on the power of the mind in conquering depression, how to deal with life's disappointments and traumas, and contains special chapters on “Bipolar Disorder” and “Transpersonal Aspects of Depression” (past lives and astrological influences).

Specifics on treatment can be found in the companion volume The Treatment of Depression: A Holistic Approach.

Table of Contents

1. The Neurobiology of Depression
    Edgar Cayce was decades ahead of modern neurochemical theories of depression.
p. 1
2. The Glandular Connection
    Just as modern medical science has discovered, the adrenal, thyroid, and pineal glands are often involved in depression.
p. 15
3. Toxicity
    Keeping the inside of the body clean is very important to emotional health. Toxins can “deaden” nerves, leading to depression.
p. 26
4. The Problem of Co-morbidity
    Why do physically ill persons so often experience deep depression? Is it simply a natural psychological response to disease? Medical science and the Cayce readings suggest another explanation to “secondary” depression.
p. 33
5. Mind the Destroyer
    It is often said that “mind is the builder”. However, when the mind is preoccupied with self-condemning thoughts, depression and a host of physical problems can result.
p. 46
6. Life's Disappointments and Traumas
    Most people experience deeply disappointing and even traumatic events at various times in their lives. For some individuals, debilitating depression is the result.
p. 54
7. Spiritual malaise
    A lack of direction, or loss of “spiritual ideals”, is a common source of depression.
p. 71
8. Bipolar Disorder
    The ups and downs of manic-depressive syndrome were discussed in several readings. Here is Edgar Cayce's view of this emotional roller-coaster.
p. 86
9. Transpersonal Aspects of Depression
    Transpersonal psychology focuses on those aspects of the human experience which transcend our normal sense of ego. Edgar Cayce identified transpersonal aspects of depression involving “past lives” and astrological influences.
p. 98
10. Summary and Conclusion
      Here is an overview of Edgar Cayce's approach with some suggestions for application.
p. 124
Appendix: Resourcesp. 133


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