Posted on: October 27, 2021 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

After graduating from college with a degree in psychology, I had the opportunity to work alongside senior and experienced psychoanalysts whom I have always respected.

Treatment of depression from a Buddhist perspective: Understanding impermanence and meditation

Before, I didn’t understand the reasons for keeping the precepts, so I was skeptical about keeping the precepts. I wondered, if I keep the precepts just because everyone else does, how can keeping the precepts help me progress in my practice? However, after learning about Buddhism and listening to patients’ stories, I understood the importance of keeping the precepts.


I would like to share with you the stories of patients I have treated.

1. Some of my female patients have dyslexia depression type II. When I asked them if they had had an abortion in the past, I learned that seven out of ten had had an abortion. This type of depressive disorder has two stages: the crazy happy phase and the hopelessly sad phase. While in the happy-crazy stage, the patient feels elated, always seeking to satisfy various desires and regardless of the potentially harmful consequences of his actions. For example, they may shop uncontrollably and end up in debt, or they may be willing to spend the night with a stranger. When in the Hopeless Sad Stage, the patient feels depressed, hopeless. So hopeless that they see life as worthless or meaningless. These feelings can lead them to choose to commit suicide.

2. A story that left a deep impression on me is about a beautiful young woman whose husband always loved her and two obedient children. After many years of hard work, the patient and her husband also have a good life, with a house, a car, and a decent education for their children. Unfortunately, the wife has a type II depressive disorder. She was hospitalized several times, but the treatment regimens were not very effective. Although she knew how to live a normal life, she couldn’t because of her illness. When I asked her if she had ever had an abortion, she told me that before getting married, she had been pregnant once, because they were not married and were afraid that an extramarital pregnancy would make their parents pregnant. scandal, they chose to have an abortion.

3. Another example of a patient in his thirties who suffered from recurrent Major Depressive Disorder. The patient has a very happy family. Her husband is a computer engineer, always lovingly taking care of his wife and daughter. Her daughter is in elementary school, but she seems very understanding and obedient. Every time she was hospitalized, she sent a letter to her father, asking her mother that she loved and missed her very much. After she returned home, her children were always by her side for companionship and encouragement.

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However, when she had symptoms of a seizure depression, she always tortured herself. Whenever she felt really sad or miserable, she hit her head against a wall or cut herself in the flesh; and relieve the pain in the mind with the pain of the body. During periods of heightened abnormality, she did so every day. When asked, she said she had had an abortion. Although I don’t know if her illness arose from the abortion, her condition is sad.

After witnessing these stories, I realized why Buddhism emphasizes the importance of keep precepts come like that. If people could keep the precepts, those killings wouldn’t happen, and they wouldn’t have to suffer as a result of the retribution as was the case with my patients.

(Original: “Innocent Little Ghosts – Innocent Little Ghosts”

Author: Most Venerable Tuyen Hoa)


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