Thank you, Diana. If you or anyone else is interested in exploring this topic further via reading material, below are a few suggestions . Of course, the Orthodox Faith is not a learned faith and is not acquired via academic and intellectual exercise. It is a lived experience that allows “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,” to “guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” As mentioned in a comment above, ‘God’s Path to Sanity’ by Dee Pennock is an excellent starting point as it summarizes and consolidates millennia of teachings from Orthodox physicians of souls. This book is not an academic work, though it could be used as such if one puts the effort into finding all of the cited the sources, which are not documented all that well. Another book giving a well rounded and accessible introduction to Orthodoxy that often touches specifically upon the topic of mental health, is ‘Wounded by Love: The Life and Wisdom of Saint Porphyrios.’ This is written for the average person and is not an academic work. It is not actually written by Saint Porphyrios, who didn’t even have a grade two education, but by a group of nuns who wrote down the things he said to them and then after he passed away, compiled it into a book as if it was written by him. The five volume set ‘Spiritual Counsels’ by Saint Paisios the Athonite also contains a great deal on this subject and is still quite accessible to the average person. The three volume ‘The Psychological Basis of Mental Prayer in the Heart’ by Fr. Theophanes (Constantine) is quite academic and may be confusing for those unfamiliar with Orthodoxy. Fr. Theophanes was a friend of both Saint Porphyrios and Saint Paisios during his over 30 years on Mount Athos. This book was only available in print via the author personally having a copy printed for those who requested it and he did not find a publisher before he passed away. Nonetheless, it remains freely available online until his literary estate is settled and a publisher is found: http://timiosprodromos4.blogspot.com/ His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios has written a great deal on this subject, most famously in his book ‘Orthodox Psychotherapy.’ Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet has written on this subject. Among other works, his three volume ‘Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses’ is noteworthy. A number of other Orthodox authors have written on this subject within the last half of a century. They haven’t written about anything that wasn’t known many centuries earlier, but have taken what was known during Apostolic times and presented it in the modern context. The less academic works (such as the first ones listed above) are much more useful than the more academic works, though the more academic works are useful for those getting deeper into this subject.