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Each week, Dr. Bengtson answers reader questions about things of interest to them.
Blog posts detailing each question and answer are listed below.
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For most, suicide isn’t a desire to die, but a desire to be rid of the pain and sadness. From her own experience and those of the patients she serves, a clinical neuropsychologist shares 6 things to consider if you or a loved one are battling depression and having suicidal thoughts.
How can I know the difference between God’s voice, my voice and the enemy’s voice? Many Christ-followers have asked that same question at some point in their journey! The enemy would like you to believe you can’t hear God’s voice, but the truth is God is speaking all the time—we just have to learn to become more attuned to hearing His voice and discerning the difference between His voice and the enemy’s voice. Apply these basic principles to help you discern if the voice you are hearing is God’s or the enemy’s.
Unfortunately, depression is not uncommon. Many experience it, and in fact, many aren’t even aware that that is what they are dealing with. It’s estimated to be twice as likely in women. Many mothers are plagued by depression. The good news is, there is help, and there is hope. You are not alone. The best way to fight is with the truth of God’s word.
What do you do when you have the blues? As a Neuropsychologist and one who has experienced depression and came out on the other side, I’m sharing tips on how to manage and fight off the blues.
Holidays are hard following the loss of a loved one. You can’t take away your loved one’s grief but you can be present to provide comfort in their grief. Read more for 10 ways to help a loved one who is experiencing grief at Christmas.
In this Ask Dr. B column, a reader is asking what to do because her husband suffers with bouts of depression. She asks if it is normal for him to be angry. When he’s depressed, his behaviors are hurtful. What do you do when a spouse is depressed?
How often do I want to do something but don’t because of fear? In His Word, God has already given us everything we need for life and godliness. Use these 5 Bible Verses to overcome fear.
A reader noticed when she gets stressed, her heart races and she has a hard time catching her breath. Is it just stress, or is it something else? Read more for tips for coping with panic attacks and the best stress-reduction strategy I can offer.
For this reader, praying seems so hard. She asked, how do you know the right words to pray? When you pray, you share with Him what’s on your heart just like you would to your best friend or closest relative. God isn’t interested in you choosing the “right words.” He’s interested in something else entirely.
Worry, fear, and anxiety—emotions that most of us will experience at some point in our life. I’ve certainly endured my share of anxiety, but what an encouragement it is to know that God knew ahead of time that we were bound to struggle and gave us input on how to manage it when it occurred. Read more for 40 scriptures to combat worry, fear, anxiety and panic attacks.
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