Hope for the Hurting

Don’t Treat Depression with a Band Aid

Don’t Treat Depression with a Band Aid

“No one understands.”
“I’m all alone.”
“I can’t risk sharing my pain with anyone.”

Have you ever had thoughts like those before? I have. Can I tell you a secret? Those aren’t your thoughts. Those are thoughts whispered to you by an enemy who seeks to steal from you, kill you, and destroy your very being. He is a liar and he hates you. He only wants to hurt you and if he can do it by lying to you and convincing you that you are alone and that no one understands you and your pain, then he will. [more]

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Hope Prevails! Gratitude Over Grumbling

Hope Prevails! Gratitude Over Grumbling

Life has been extremely stressful lately, throwing punches from every direction. It has seemed that every time I’ve managed to duck and roll, as soon as I turned, another punch came from another turn leaving me physically spent and emotionally weary. When life gets that way, I know that I must choose to rest: both physically and on God. [more]

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Hope Prevails! Help When Life Hits Hard

Hope Prevails! Help When Life Hits Hard

“It’s a little like being blind….it’s hard to relate and understand what it’s like if you haven’t ever experienced it,” relayed the wife of one of my male patients who suffered from depression.

So many friends and family members relay the same sentiment: they want to help but it’s hard for them to understand what it’s like to suffer from depression since they themselves have never suffered. And yet, what an individual suffering from depression needs to know is that they aren’t alone and someone does care. [more]

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Hope Prevails! The Beginning of Freedom

Hope Prevails! The Beginning of Freedom

Have you ever been lied to? Have you ever believed a lie for so long that when you heard the truth, it was hard to change perspective and actually believe the truth? Or have you ever been in a situation where you heard two different stories and you just weren’t sure which version to believe?

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Hope Prevails! Everyone Needs Hope

Hope Prevails! Everyone Needs Hope

In a world where terrorism is on the rise, economies are less stable, divorce is rampant, and more diseases are being discovered but fewer are being cured, everyone needs hope. We long to know that everything will be okay. We desire to know more than anything that WE will be okay. [more]

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Bound No More

Bound No More

In my professional practice, I see so many individuals who are bound by the chains of hurt of past offenses that has turned to bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness. The wounds have dug deep and infected their heart. And many have deep-seated hurts over things they themselves have done and find it difficult to forgive themselves. [more]

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I Understand

I Understand

“This. ALL of this! This. Is. Me. My God, for the past 25 years, this has been me!”

This was the message I received after one reader started reading an early edition of my book, “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression.”

Another said, “You spoke straight to my heart and soul, yet it was like you were sitting right here beside me.”

As more individuals read the message that God had given me to share from my heart, the more I realized that what we all want, what we all need is to know we aren’t alone; that someone understands. [read more]

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Everyone

Everyone

The reports came fast and furious over the radio and TV news channels. This time has not been an uplifting one for our country with reports of shootings in multiple states, including my home, Dallas, Texas.

The tragedies hit very close to home for me. Not because I lost anyone I loved in these tragedies, but perhaps because I lost a dear friend to cancer in the preceding week. And I put myself in the place of the families who are now grieving the loss of their loved ones. They left home that day expecting there would be another hug, another kiss, another “I love you,” another joke, or another chance to say I’m sorry. And in a senseless tragedy, it never came and it will never come. Their lives are forever changed. [more]

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Striving for Perfection is a Waste

Striving for Perfection is a Waste

As a child, what did you aspire to be? What did you set your sights on?
When adults asked you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Did you respond with “a doctor,” or “a teacher,” or “a businessman,” or “a mother,” or something else?

It may sound strange, but I set my sights on being perfect.

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Ask Dr. B: How Do I Forgive Myself?

Ask Dr. B: How Do I Forgive Myself?

Dear Dr. B,
I have struggled to get on with my life. Things I’ve done in my past keep me from enjoying the present. It’s so hard to forgive myself because I hate what I did and how I behaved. I feel guilty and undeserving of my life today, which is not at all like my past life. I continue to carry the shame from decades ago and just can’t move on. Can you help?
Sincerely,
Unable to Forgive Myself

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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