They say that knowledge is power. But what about when you don’t know what you don’t know?
Unfortunately, lack of knowledge isn’t a viable excuse. Scripture says, “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
But that was my experience with depression. Prior to experiencing depression, I treated patients who suffered with it. Then came the time when I understood the pain, the despair, the agony firsthand, and my compassion for my patients rose exponentially like the thermometer on a hot Texas day.
Unfortunately, I tried all the treatments I had suggested for my patients over the years, but they weren’t enough to make a dent in the heartache of my soul. I didn’t know what was missing.
When I was in my darkest days of depression, I found out I didn’t have all the answers and I felt a lot of shame because I was the doctor who was supposed to have all the answers. I was the doctor who treated patients for depression and I tried those things that I’d asked all my patients to do and they helped, but they weren’t enough.
It was during those deep dark days, those days when I despaired, those days when I didn’t want to get out of bed; those were days that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.
But it was during those times when God met me and He spoke into my heart. He gave me the truths to combat the lies that the enemy had been whispering into my heart. Those lies that I had believed that put me into the valley of despair to begin with.
It’s those truths that I share with you in “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression.” It’s those truths that I now stand on to keep me from going back into that pit.
So I hope that you will hold on to my hand as you walk through the pages of this book, and together we’ll get to the other side.
And you, too, will see that because of Him, Hope Prevails.
A short brief about Hope Prevails.
Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Speaking from personal and professional experience, a neuropsychologist unpacks what depression is, shows how it affects us spiritually, and offers hope for living the abundant life.
Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression
-By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide
- An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression
- As with the bestselling My Stroke of Insight, the author experienced the same condition she treats
- Helpful features include personal stories, biblical truths, prayers, and music recommendations
In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion and empathy, blending her extensive training and faith, to offer readers a hope that is grounded in God’s love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, it cannot do. The result is a treatment plan that addresses the whole person—not just chemical imbalances in the brain.
For those who struggle with depression and those that want to help them, Hope Prevails offers real hope for the future.
Hope Prevails is available now wherever books are sold. To find out more, see: http://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/.