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The gospel and depression

The Gospel and depression

The gospel and depression It is enough: now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers. (1 Kings: 19:4 ) “Will you speak with a visitor named Jean?” my husband asks at church. “I think she’s depressed.” I’m confused. How can he suspect depression after one conversation? Of course, he can’t know for sure. Soap box Mental illness is difficult to diagnose. Careful screening and training is a must. One may assert depression for other reasons; a couple of…

How to help a depressed friend

help a depressed friend

    People often ask me how to help a depressed friend. That depends.   If you are not super close, help a depressed friend by: -Reaching out via text or with a card letting her know you are praying for and thinking of her. -Leaving a small gift or a meal (without the expectation that she will open the door). -Praying for them regularly.   If you are a bit closer, help a depressed friend by: -Doing all of the above. -Noticing when she is…

Book launch day! Still Life is here…

Still Life book launch day

Book launch day… Still Life is here! It is Still Life’s book launch day. It is finally, officially my book launch day. Still Life, A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression is here. I can’t believe it. It seemed like this book launch was far away and now here it is, actual pages, a book with a binding and everything, being shipped off to people to read (well, I hope that part is true). “A person who publishes a book appears willfully in the public eye…

Depression: no longer under lock and key

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Depression: No longer under lock and key I have a book coming out in the spring about my battle with depression. People who know I am a writer often ask me what I am working on. “A memoir about depression,” I say, and they look at me out of the corners of their eyes. Why would anyone want to write, or for that matter, read a book about that, I decide they are thinking. But I know why. I’m writing about the parts of my…

5 strategies for YOU when your spouse fights depression

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Everyone, I’m thrilled that my husband Sergei, in the midst of everything else he’s got going on, was able to write a blog post in honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week. A lot of us know that depression is a family illness. I often get questions from spouses of someone who is depressed. Any tips? What can I do? How do I cope? I’ve asked my husband to share some thoughts. Please join me in welcoming him…  What is it like to live with a…