Today on the podcast, my guest is Dr. Michelle Bengtson (PhD, Nova Southeastern University) is an international speaker, and the author of best-selling “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression.”She has been a neuropsychologist for more than twenty years. She is in private practice in Southlake, Texas where she evaluates, diagnoses, and treats children and adults with a variety of medical and mental health disorders. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She and her husband of 30 years have two teenage sons, and reside in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. She blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com
Notes from the show:
It’s hard to know when we’ve gone beyond sadness to depression. But depression is such an epidemic and occurs when sadness is prolonged or goes beyond what is reasonable given the circumstances. It is such an epidemic that by 2020 it’s going to be our greatest epidemic world-wide.
It’s okay to grieve! There is a difference between depression and grief, but sometimes grief can lapse into depression.
Michelle discusses tangible tools to use in the midst of depression, and also what to do when the tools don’t seem to be working. She shares from her own personal experience how debilitating it can feel when this happens, and how to continue fighting for gratitude and hope.
Michelle’s take away – Hope can prevail!
Important tools: prayer, sleep, diet, exercise, counseling, gratitude lists, seeking joy, and Jeremiah 29:11
Scripture for depression Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Asking the Lord to wrap Himself around where evil attempts to spread lies. Let us be thankful that when the enemy comes, his way is always evil, but God has promised that what the enemy intends for evil, God will use for good.
Our prayer for you is that you would experience hope in the midst of depression and know that tools are available to you when you struggle, the most powerful of which is God’s promises found in his Word.