Hope for the Hurting

How Do We Make Sense of the Violence in America?

How Do We Make Sense of the Violence in America?

I was deeply honored to be interviewed recently on over a half dozen radio programs nationwide regarding the current state of violence and political unrest in the United States, from my perspective as a neuropsychologist and mental health provider. While the questions asked in each interview were varied, basically, each radio show host wanted to know how do we make sense of the violence in America, and what do we do about it?

Despite the tragic recent events in America, I maintain that we can still have hope.

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The Sting of Comparison: 8 Tips While Waiting for Your Special Order

The Sting of Comparison: 8 Tips While Waiting for Your Special Order

The sting of comparison hurts, doesn’t it? Oh how many times I have written or spoken about the fact that comparison steals our joy. Yet, I did it again. I took my eyes off God and His promises and looked with desire at what God is doing in and through others, wishing that was me. I’m not proud of it. In fact, it brings a bit of shame and embarrassment. My heart’s desire is to be content with what God is doing in, through, with, and for me.

“But Lord, you promised…” I pleaded as I recalled words spoken over me and to me years ago. “I just don’t understand what’s taking so long. Did I hear you incorrectly?”

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15 Ways to Help a Depressed Husband or Wife

15 Ways to Help a Depressed Husband or Wife

“How can I help my depressed husband?”
“How do I help my wife who is depressed?”
“How can I be helpful to my depressed friend?”

These are all questions I frequently hear.

October is Depression Awareness Month and I would be remiss if I didn’t also try to help those who have depressed loved ones.

There’s a Book Giveaway so be sure to read to the end!

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Can I Be Cured of Depression?

Can I Be Cured of Depression?

Dear Dr. B,
I’m a man in my 60’s. Depression has been my Goliath as long as I can remember. I am a believer that has a fairly good grasp on Gods word. Yet I can’t muster the joy and happiness that the Word says is mine. I’m reading your book, “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression”  and have the companion “Hope Prevails Bible Study.”  At times, I’m out of hope. A saying I learned as a professional airline pilot describing a crash site was, “The place where the pilots ran out of altitude, airspeed, and ideas all at the same time.” I’ve been close to that place more times than I can count. Can I realistically shed this Goliath in my life?

Sincerely,
Ready for Joy

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Hope Prevails Despite Depression

Hope Prevails Despite Depression

By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide. It already is our greatest cause for disability nationally. Nearly twice as many women as men suffer with depression. In fact, every year, almost 18 million women in the U.S. suffer. If you’re not one who does or has suffered from depression, I guarantee you know someone who has, who is, and who will. I’m one of them. There’s a Book Giveaway so be sure to read to the end!

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How To Celebrate Despite Depression

How To Celebrate Despite Depression

Weddings. Holiday parties. Birthday celebrations.

They are all supposed to be happy and joyous. But what about when you’re battling depression?

I remember the year my mother died. Only a few months later, the holidays were upon us, and I sat at the foot of the Christmas tree sobbing. “I’m not ready to be the matriarch of the family!” I couldn’t muster up the happiness, joy, or peace we sung about in the Christmas carols. I just wanted to forget the holiday, and forget my grief, and yet I couldn’t.

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20  Ways to Fight Depression

20 Ways to Fight Depression

I remember it as if it was yesterday. I stared into the mirror but didn’t recognize the reflection gazing back at me.

Who was she? How did she get here? When did it happen?

I had fallen into depression’s pit.

My productive life turned into a struggle for existence.

As I surveyed my bathroom vanity, the signs of my normal life remained: toothbrush and toothpaste, vitamins, makeup…but the motivation to engage no longer existed.

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How Do I Know if I’m Depressed? Common Symptoms of Depression

How Do I Know if I’m Depressed? Common Symptoms of Depression

She sat across from me with tear-stained cheeks and looked at me with misty eyes.

“I’m not sure what’s wrong with me. Maybe it’s just stress.” She shared of her stresses at work, at home, and even with extended family. Yet after a few particularly important questions, I zeroed in on the heart of the problem.

“What you’re dealing with is depression,” I relayed.

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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