I don’t talk about it too much. But when I do, others often nod their heads in understanding. They nod because they’ve been there. They’ve felt the dark, dreary pit void of hope. They’ve sat on a cold, dark, careless floor, staring at a rung-less ladder. They’ve experienced depression.
My dance with depression, undiagnosed clinically but certainly offering more than its fare share of symptoms, came in 2006. Hubby was deployed. The house was new and punchlist loomed large. The kids were active but small – three of them under the age of 7. And homeschooling was our new journey.
I’m the kind of gal that freezes and stares, wide-eyed, when too much plops on her plate. That’s what happened in 2006.
Some tasks I served myself, others were plunked down on my plate out of necessity or by others. Regardless, the downward spiral began.
- Difficulty sleeping
- An angry tone filtering through the day
- Unable to make decisions
- Visualizing no way out – except suicide
- And more.
Others have experienced similar symptoms. Maybe you have. Most likely someone you know sat or is now sitting on that cold, dark, careless floor called depression.
Most likely someone you know sat or is now sitting on that cold, dark, careless floor called depression. #HopePrevails by @DrMBengtson Click To Tweet
If so, may I introduce you to Dr. Michelle Bengtson? I recently finished reading her book, Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression. I hope you’ll consider it.
Michelle is a neuropsychologist. She knows depression. Clients have often graced her office threshold with a list of depression symptoms. Michelle offered them her prescription.
But something was missing.
Her own prescription didn’t work when she found herself in the depths of depression’s dungeon. Only the Lord could offer her the ultimate prescription. And He did.
In my despair, I needed to know I was not alone. ~ @DrMBengtson #hopeprevails Click To Tweet
Michelle details her most inward thoughts during the journey, and often they bare witness to an all-out, arrows-flying battlefield. She offers her encouragement from a neuropsychologist’s view as well as one looking to the Lord. Here’s a link to gather a few more of Michelle’s words.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Michelle in Hope Prevails:
“Once I became aware of the spiritual aspects of depression, the curtain was pulled back and I found new ammunition to fight the battle.”
“You are not the primary cause of your depression.”
“Our feelings are the outward manifestation of the thoughts we believe.”
“The enemy’s voice sounds just like our own, making it difficult to detect.”
“God provides a perspective based not on our moods or our circumstances but on our identity in Christ.”
Hope Prevails is an honest approach against depression’s darkness and toward hope. Consider grabbing a copy to read or give away. It’ll offer encouragement to any set of eyes and is available at Christianbook.com and other book sellers.