5 Stars Out Of 5
Understanding & Overcoming Depression
February 17, 2014
"Depression: Walking From Darkness Into the Dawn" is part of the Hope for the Heart series authored by June Hunt. From a biblical point of view, the series speaks to a variety of issues that keep people from living their lives to the fullest.
Depression has the power to change the course of people's lives, their relationships, opportunities, and futures. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, when people suffer with depression it interferes with daily life and causes pain not only to the sufferer, but those who care about them. Though depression is common, it is a serious illness.
Hunt writes, "Those who struggle in the darkness of depression have difficulty seeing the good in their circumstances and especially in themselves." In this 96-page mini-book, the author helps people understand where depression originates, why it keeps them stuck, and how to walk out of the darkness and into the light.
Readers will learn:
- Definitions of Depression (including psychological depression, classic types of depression and specific definitions of mood disorders).
- Characteristics of Depression (including normal depression, masked depression, neurotic depression, and psychotic depression).
- Causes of Depression (including physical, emotional and spiritual-related depression).
- Steps to Solution (including taking off masks; creating a personal timeline of meaningful events to help in assessing roots and causes; Do's and Don'ts for Family and Friends; and, How You Can Help sections).
Because depression affects the whole person, readers will learn about the emotional connection with depression including repressed anger and bitterness; a physical connection including hormonal imbalances, genetic vulnerabilities and healthy lifestyle choices; and a spiritual connection including suppressed fears (abandonment, rejection, failure) and internalized stress (relationships, finances, and responsibilities).
After establishing the "what" and "whys" of depression, the author offers positive and empowering counsel on how to begin walking out of the darkness of depression. A common and critical theme throughout the book is the importance of replacing dark thoughts with truth (reality). She suggests writing a thanksgiving list, getting outside of yourself by helping others, allowing for healthy grieving and healing when appropriate, and more. She also lists related scripture verses and a Q&A section; and encourages readers to seek professional medical help as needed.
People struggling with depression need to know that help is available and relief is possible. This mini-book provides a quick overview about depression along with both practical and spiritual helps suitable for individuals or counselors.
Note: Rose Publishing provided me with an advanced reader copy of this booklet.