This was a very captivating booklet. The subject matter is interesting and easy to follow. Dr. Thevathasan demonstrates the errors of Freud’s and Jung’s theory through the rejection of their belief systems, and therefore doesn’t even have to touch upon the validity of their scientific evidence. Most Catholics, myself included, know Freud’s and Jung’s theories to be erroneous, but are not able to explain why. This booklet gives the why in an engaging and informative manner.
Next, Dr. Thevathasan accurately demonstrates where the psychiatrists field should end and religion begin, and vice-versa. Our Catholic beliefs and psychiatry do not have to be in conflict: the treatment of mental illness is helpful to, but no substitute for, the cure of the soul. Both, instead, can work together to help with mental illness.
Another very useful part of the book was Thevathasen’s approach to depression. Depression is a very common problem to many people, either because they suffer from it or know a loved one who does. Dr. Thevathasen’s talks about how Catholicism and the hope contained within is so important to the healing of the depressed, while not rejecting that medication might also be used in conjunction if necessary. He asks for a holistic approach. The understanding of Depression is the best selling point of this booklet, and applies to a wide audience. He also approaches suicide, OCD and schizophrenia with the same approach.
Mr Nate Pacer