Mental Health Resources for Depression
Recommended Reading for Depression:
Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Dr. Michelle Bengtson, a board-certified neuropsychologist, sees the devastation of depression. Early on, she practiced the most effective treatments and prescribed them for her clients. When she experienced depression herself, she found that the treatments she had recommended were lacking. Her experience showed her the missing component in treating depression. She now helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, it cannot do. The result is an approach that offers the hope of release, not just the management of symptoms.
For those who struggle with depression and those who want to help them, “Hope Prevails” offers hope for the future.
Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson
A Bible study book offering tangible help, hope and healing for depression from someone who’s been there and has come out on the other side. Dr. Bengtson’s personal experience is interwoven with questions for reflection, key thoughts, music playlist suggestions, resources, plus a leader’s guide. This Bible study can be used as a companion to “Hope Prevails” or independent study by an individual or is perfect in a small or larger group study. Useful for churches and counseling practices.
Feeling Good by David D. Burns, M.D.
This book outlines scientifically proven techniques that lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Includes a guide to anti-depressant drugs and answers to questions about options available for treatment of depression.
Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk About God’s Deliverance by Beth Moore
This book by former pit-dweller Beth Moore tells the lessons she learned in her desperation to get out of the pit of depression. She shares her story that deliverance is for everyone and it can begin today. Includes a study guide at the back.
Happiness is a Choice: Symptoms, Causes and Cures of Depression by Frank Minirith, M.D. and Paul Meier, M.D.
Depression happens to nearly everyone at some point in their lives. In the midst of the paint and struggle, there is hope. This book walks the reader through the symptoms, primary sources of emotional pain, dynamics that lead to depression, dealing effectively with anger and anxiety and medication and treatment options for depression. Included are basic steps toward recovery.
Honestly by Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh shares her story from hopelessness to freedom from depression where she now leads a life of deepened faith and joy. “I know firsthand the desperation a human soul can feel when every earthly remedy fails. I also know how powerfully God can intervene when we fall on our faces before him.” —Sheila Walsh
When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait For God-and Joy by John Piper
Even the most faithful Christians can encounter periods of depression and spiritual darkness. In this book, the author gives comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness. There is reason to hope that God will pull those experiencing depression of out of the pit of despair and bring them into the light.