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The Contribution of a Spiritual Director to the Spiritual Journey of a Person Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

Twining, Kaye J. (2010) The Contribution of a Spiritual Director to the Spiritual Journey of a Person Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Master of Arts (minor thesis) thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


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Foundational to the topic of this thesis is the question, "Can major depression be a true spiritual dryness through which we may take steps toward God?" The question is posed by Madeleine Kelly in 'Life on a Roller-Coaster: Living Well With Depression and Manic Depression.' Kelly lives with a form of manic depressive illness. Manic depressive illness, currently known as bi-polar disorder, belongs to the family of mental disorders. The nature of bipolar disorder is that it affects a person's moods, thoughts and behaviour. Consequently, the experience of bipolar disorder is such that it can disorientate a person's sense of self, thus triggering existential questions around identity, meaning, belonging and religious expression. These are significant spiritual questions. However, due to the complex nature of bipolar disorder these spiritual questions often go unheeded. While the Christian church offers pastoral care in the mental health field, is this enough? Or could it be that a spiritual director also has a contribution to make in the spiritual journey of a person diagnosed with bipolar disorder? The thesis examines this question in light of a response to Kelly's question.

Item Type: Theses (Master of Arts (minor thesis))
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: bipolar disorder, mania, depression, Christian spirituality, spiritual directoion, story, recovery, Grace, Madeleine Kelly
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Sentir: Graduate School for Spiritual Formation
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2010 02:58
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:41
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/533

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