This Module is the first of 2 Modules that will look at mental health issues and challenges through various lenses – lived experience, psychological understanding and strategies, clinical definitions and diagnosis, psychiatric considerations, Anthroposophic medicine, anthroposophy and spiritual experiences, and biography work.
In this Module, we learn to recognise the common mental health issues related to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive tendencies, and rage, guilt and mania, from these different perspectives. In the later Module, Mental Health Crisis and Spiritual Emergency, we look at more severe mental health issues, for example those that have psychotic features, and we look at the overlap with the spiritual experiences that may challenge individuals in our time.
In this Learning Pack, we explore at the following 4-foldness:
Depression – Liver – Etheric Body – Phlegmatic Temperament – Water element
Anxiety – Kidneys – Astral Body – Sanguine Temperament – Air element
Obsessive-compulsive tendencies – Lungs – Physical Body – Melancholic Temperament – Earth element
Rage, guilt, mania – Heart, Gall Bladder – ‘I’ Body – Choleric Temperament – Fire element
Our ‘I’ is of central importance. This Spiritual part of us strives to balance inner and outer dynamic forces. How can we strengthen our ‘I’ function? One of our aims is to increase awareness of Salutogenesis – keeping well – and how the ‘I’ can assist with this.
Work through this Learning Pack, and you will understand more about mental health and well-being, and how to maintain it. You will also be able to prepare for small group sharing, either within our Training Program, or for personal or professional development within a Study group.