As someone who has personally struggled with depression, Sr. Kathryn understands these feelings all too well. But as someone who has overcome the illness, she knows that surviving depression and attaining happiness is possible. She also affirms the great creativity and potentiality that can evolve during this difficult time.
For over a decade, Surviving Depression has helped thousands of readers find a reassuring approach to living through depression. By drawing upon the strength inherent in the Catholic tradition and discussing the biological, psychological, environmental, and genetic components of the illness, this companion offers a holistic understanding of depression-for the depressed, their family members and friends, and those who counsel or care for them.
This 10th Anniversary "Updated and Expanded Edition" features contemporary world developments and an entirely new practical guide entitled "8 Steps to Inner Peace."
|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.|
|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.|