In today’s Ask Dr. B column, a reader asks how to practice an attitude of gratitude when you’re depressed. Read more to see how Dr. Bengtson responded.
Do you ever give in to the temptation of comparison? It never serves me well. See what I mean when you get a glimpse into the daily life.
In today’s Ask Dr. B, a reader asks for advice on how to handle the stress and depression often brought on by the holidays.
I see patients every day who struggle to love themselves or others. It is only when we receive the Father’s love that we can love ourselves.
As I fall asleep at night, as soon as I wake up in the morning, and countless times throughout the day, you and your current struggle have been on my mind. And personally, in my own current life trials, I can relate on so many levels, with so many areas of uncertainty. Questions without answers. Pain without anesthetic. Darkness waiting for the dawn. My heart wants to take your pain, and fix this situation for you. I want to sit down next to you, take your hand in mine, look into your eyes, and tell you it’s going to be all right. The good news is, there are answers.
Life can change quicker than you can take a breath; sooner than you can finish a thought. I’ve been there many times. Like the time my eyes scanned the computer monitor, willing it to find our baby’s heart beat, but there no longer was one. Please, my heart cried as my womb remained full, but our baby was gone. Or the time when my husband and I sat holding hands, knees touching as we faced the doctor, to be told to get our affairs in order because cancer would claim his life. Or the time no words were said, but the road ahead turned into a sea of red lights; cars and trucks going every which way, and we were powerless to stop it. What do you do then? When pain enters in, and all that is familiar fades away?