A Light Pierces the Darkness: A Reflection on Spirituality and Suicide

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Abstract

In this reflection, the author presents the case of a 48-year-old man in the throes of a major depressive episode and crisis of faith, who survives an attempt to take his own life. His Christian religion proved critical to his recovery, as the treatment team delved into spiritual issues of guilt, shame, and the meaning of life. This article reveals the author’s approach to addressing spiritual distress in psychiatric patients, a valuable resource for clinicians desiring a better understanding of how to relate to individuals with strong religious backgrounds.

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