Reaching for Hope: An LDS Perspective on Recovering from Depression (Paperback)

by Meghan Decker, Betsy Chatlin

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Do you feel despair and hopelessness even when you are doing the things that used to bring you joy? Do even little tasks, like making dinner, seem overwhelming? Instead of feeling the familiar comfort of the Spirit when you pray, does it seem as if your prayers are hitting a lead ceiling that is covering your head?

If you are experiencing these or similar feelings, you may be suffering from depression. The World Health Organization ranks depression as the number one health problem for women today and projects that by the year 2020 it will be the number two health problem for people in general. In Reaching for Hope: An LDS Perspective on Recovering from Depression you will learn how to recognize depression in yourself or a loved one and how to begin healing.

Written from a uniquely LDS point of view, this informative and inspirational book offers important clinical information for dealing with the disease, including an overview of the symptoms of depression and suggestions for choosing a therapist, considering the use of medication, and finding hope to move forward—one step at a time.

In addition, it explores the spiritual healing that is essential to overcoming depression, showing how we can use the atonement of our Savior to help us forgive, heal, and move forward.

Reaching for Hope offers much-needed information and support for family members, friends, and church leaders. It includes special insights for bishops that may help them understand what a depressed person is experiencing and how this physical brain illness may manifest itself emotionally and affect the person's feelings of spirituality and personal worthiness.

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, this book will not only help you understand and cope with the illness, it will help you look forward with hope to healing.

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Read this book and you will understand how to beat depression

by  David H.  -   reviewed on  May 27, 2001

This book deserves an infinte number of stars for its rating!!!! I am suffering from depression and have found this book an answer to my prayers. I have met Betsy Chatlin and she is a wonderful person. Together, Betsy and Megan explain what depression is, how it can be treated, and give hope for those of us who yearn to be better. What impressed me most was that these good sisters speak from experience and not from some far off distant sterile ivory tower. They both have experienced depression and give REAL WORLD examples of the principles they discuss. They have the medical credentials but express everything for the non-medical person in terms we can relate to. If you are depressed or know someone who is depressed, BUY THEM A COPY OF THIS BOOK. READ IT...REREAD IT. These wondeful sisters give a vision of hope and that Jesus Christ understands the struggles of depression. Thank you Betsy and Megan for writing a book on depression that helps the reader find the way thru the mists of darkness and into a brigher day.

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by  Customer  -   reviewed on  October 03, 2008

this book is awsome! i know several people in my life who have depression and one of them was told about this book. i was told to read it and it helped to make sense of a disease that affects many close to me. i was able to read it and discuss it with a friend of mine and it has helped me understand what is going on and what i can do (or dont do) that may be helpful. Thanks for such a great book!

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A must read! It gave me hope.

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  October 29, 2008

After years of trying to explain depression to those who have had no experience with it, I finally found two women that do understand! From the very begining of the book I felt like they understood the hopelessness associated with depression. I even lent the book to a family member who has never experienced depression and it was an eyeopener for them. The book made me feel like there was someone that did understand and it gave me hope.

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Fantastic!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  March 03, 2011

After years of wondering if I suffered from depression, I stumbled upon this title and was intrigued. This book is what gave me courage to seek a doctors advice! Depression is real and it effects more than just the person with the diagnosis. I wish every bishop would read this book just to be somewhat aware of the disease. Because depression can express itself in so many different ways, this book helped me realize I needed professional help. I felt like the Lord directed me in finding courage to admit that I needed help. It has been a huge blessing in my life.

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