After experiencing a stroke during a surgery, Sister Hermes was left with a long road to recovery. On top of her physical frustrations, she was also diagnosed with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) which is a type of bipolar disorder. She writes this book from her own experiences with depression. As she says in the introduction: "I am not a psychologist. I am not a theologian. My claim to credibility in writing [this book] is that I have been seriously depressed and have spent a lot of time struggling with God in my depression. I know depression from the inside. I know the spiritual anguish it brings. I know the loneliness, the isolation, the fear of "losing it," and I believe one truly understands depression not by studying or reading about it, but by living with it."
Depression can strike anyone, even those deeply committed to living the Christian life. This fresh, reassuring approach to living through depression proposes aspects of the Catholic tradition as a support for surviving even the darkest times.
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|By:||Arkienana (Arkansas, February 7, 2009)|
|Review:||This book is something I have been searching for as a Catholic with a mood disorder. Most books do not touch on God, especially in light of the Catholic Faith. It has been especially helpful for me along with it's companion books. A must-have for those who suffer from depression or other mood disorders. Best Uses: Depression Sufferers, Family of Sufferers, Gift, Reference; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Engaging characters, Helpful, Informative, inspirational, Well Written|
|By:||Trisha Niermeyer Potter (Richmond, VA, April 1, 2011)|
|Review:||Surviving Depression is hands down one of the best books I've ever read on depression, especially as it relates to faith, spirituality, and God's love. This book's most valuable asset is that it is written by a God-centered woman who has lived with depression herself and ministered to countless others along the way. This easy-to-read and absorb book includes stories about many women and men who have spent years caught in the downward spiral of depression, however, through the grace of God and love of others, they've kept going. Though usually not completely cured, these are individuals who have gone on to share what they've experienced and learned about healing with others dipping dangerously into the pit of despair. A plethora of books address the clinical and medical aspects of the illness, but they don't ever get into what it actually feels like to be in the depths of emotional darkness and spiritual suffering that are often associated with depression. This volume offers wisdom, compassion, and an empathetic approach for the person with the illness as well as gems of wisdom for those who love and care for and about him or her. The suggestions for those suffering from the illness as well as for the family and friends of the person with depression are practical, manageable, and very insightful. Any number of websites and books list the symptoms of depression and the basic suggestions for managing it, treating it, and working through it, but few are written with as much intimacy and compassion from the author and her experience in carrying this particular cross with the help of the Lord. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is suffering from depression or loves someone struggling with this very common illness. Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Reference, Special Needs; Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written|