Can I let you in on a little secret?
I’m not perfect! And, I already know you aren’t either.
So how about if we both stop trying to live behind the mask and take the pressure off ourselves, and just be real? Wouldn’t that feel better?
Friend, do you ever have dark days? Do you ever go through those dark spells where you’re just in that pit of despair?
Maybe you’re going through a period of depression.
So often what I hear people say is that they’re ashamed of going through those times and I can understand that because I was there. In fact, I was the doctor who went through the depression and I didn’t want anyone to know because I thought I was supposed to have all the answers.
But, if there’s one thing I learned through my journey. It’s that there is no shame in going through depression. There’s no shame in heart disease or diabetes or allergies.
But, the other thing that I want you to hear from me today is that you don’t have to stay there. There is hope.
If you’ll just hold on, take my hand, let’s go through this journey together.
Because the one thing that I’ve learned is because of Him, Hope Prevails!
A short brief about Hope Prevails.
Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Speaking from personal and professional experience, a neuropsychologist unpacks what depression is, shows how it affects us spiritually, and offers hope for living the abundant life.
Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression
-By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide
- An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression
- As with the bestselling My Stroke of Insight, the author experienced the same condition she treats
- Helpful features include personal stories, biblical truths, prayers, and music recommendations
In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion and empathy, blending her extensive training and faith, to offer readers a hope that is grounded in God’s love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, it cannot do. The result is a treatment plan that addresses the whole person—not just chemical imbalances in the brain.
For those who struggle with depression and those that want to help them, Hope Prevails offers real hope for the future.
Hope Prevails is available now wherever books are sold. To find out more, see: https://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/.
I was ashamed of my depression/anxiety when I was first diagnosed. That was because no one spoke up about this illness. As soon as I started sharing my diagnosis with trusted family and friends, people started sharing their depression struggles with me. We found out that we were not alone. Thank you for this wonderful, helpful book. Blessings.
I haven’t felt ashamed, I just didn’t recognize my depression. After all, who that has such faith in God, could get pulled under? 😉 Thanks for your words and your encouragement! Your book sounds wonderful!
I struggled with depression/anxiety and I did feel shame. I felt shame about being a Christian and suffering this. I felt shame about how good life was and suffering this.
I just ordered your book and I’m excited to dive into it.
Thank you for covering depression and giving hope to so many suffering alone. There is hope in the cross!
It’s so hard, because depression and other mental health issues are still so stigmatized in our world. Thank you for shining light on this issue!
Just found you on #Small Victories Sunday Link Up – mental health issues have played a huge part in family life for us over the last couple of years in several different forms. Something that I have discovered is how many adolescents are having problems and how common adolescent self harm and counselling is. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for continuing to spread this very important message and break the shame empowering people to get help when they are depressed!