“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.
When God asked me to write “Hope Prevails,” I was perfectly willing to do whatever He asked. But then He made it clear that I was NOT to write it just from a doctor’s perspective. That would be easy to do…I’d been a neuropsychologist helping people with depression for over 20 years. He made it clear that I was to share my own story, because Scripture clearly states that we defeat the enemy “by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony” (Revelations 12:11).
When I went through depression’s valley, I tried all the treatment recommendations I had always given my patients and while they helped, they were suboptimal. I thought, “How can this be? This is what I have relied on for treating my patients for years…” It’s all I’d ever been trained to do, and yet it wasn’t enough. And through my time in depression’s valley, God showed me that if we ignored the spiritual roots of depression, we were really only putting a band-aid on the problem.
As He led me to address the spiritual roots of depression, then He ministered healing to my soul; then he comforted my wounded heart. In addressing the spiritual side of depression, God brought me to the place where I declared and decreed that after seeing depression wreak havoc on multiple generations in my family, it would stop with my generation!
“You really do understand!” is the sentiment that gets repeated over and over again. Because I’ve been there. While my story may be different, the emotion, the feeling, the desperation and the despair are the same. And the wonderful thing is, that now that I’m on the other side, I can offer comfort out of the comfort that I experienced when I was going through it.
Some of that comfort is offered in the pages between the covers of my book, “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” (published by Revell, August 2016). Sometimes knowing that someone else understands is enough to help us make it through that dark place. So let me encourage you, as someone who has been there: hold on, because Hope Prevails!
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As a board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson believed she was prescribing the most effective treatments for her clients who struggled with depression. But when she experienced debilitating depression herself, she found that the treatments she had recommended weren’t helping her the way she expected. She was determined to find out what was missing.
With the deep compassion of someone who has been there, Dr. Bengtson blends her training and that vital missing piece she discovered to offer you a hope grounded in God’s love and grace. She helps you understand what depression is, how it affects you spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, depression cannot do. The result is an approach that offers not just the management of symptoms but the hope of true release.
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