Catholicism and Mental Health
by Dr Pravin Thevathasan
Publisher's Book Information
In this work, I argue that there should be no conflict between Catholicism and psychiatry. I begin by an examination
of how the early Church dealt with the mentally ill and I show that treatment was a lot better than is widely assumed.
I examine the beliefs of Freud and Jung in some detail. My aim is not to condemn psychotherapy but to show that
their beliefs are incompatible with Church teaching. I examine common psychiatric conditions, especially depression.
I aim to show that people with mental illness benefit from both medical interventions and from the spiritual helps
granted by the Church.
I dedicate this work to the memory of Fr Hugh Thwaites SJ, who read a draft version of this work so many years
ago and who encouraged me to write this.
Copyright ©; Dr Pravin Thevathasan 2014
Version: 23rd December 2014