I have suffered sadness and even hopelessness at times throughout my life – they were directly related to life situations: an unexpected end to what I thought was a good marriage, and a couple of deaths of close family members. However, I have never experienced true depression but I know people who fight it on a regular basis. Because of these loved friends I joined Dr. Bengtson’s book launch team.
There are times our response to someone suffering depression is an unstated “get over it.” But that is cold and cruel to the sufferer.
Dr. Bengtson writes from her heart. As a board certified neuropsychologist, and one who suffers herself from depression she states in her book, “I was sad and irritable and constantly felt defeated. My greatest shock came when I tried the same treatment suggestions I typically offered my patients — and they didn’t work. I tried medication, I participated in therapy, I ate right and exercised dutifully, and I even prayed and claimed healing. For me those things weren’t enough…”
Dr. Michelle Bengtson wrote the book because she has been there. She wants to walk alongside of those in pain. She wants to dispel some of the myths and lies about this condition. And, she wrote this book to OFFER HOPE.
The book is a must-read for those who suffer depression and those who know people who suffer this condition. The book opens with a poignant “A Letter to My Depressed Self,” and ends with a letter to the reader, “You Have A Gift to Give,” and in-between? HOPE.
Because, Hope Prevails.