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Depression and bipolar disorder are two of the most common diagnoses made in medicine today. Good Mood, Bad Mood examines whether we are in an epidemic or if we have simply misdiagnosed common sadness as depression. Current research in the medical community seems to indicate that the criteria we use to diagnose depression has resulted in an increased and incorrect labeling of common sadness as depression. While medical treatment is now the commonly accepted way to deal with pain and sadness, its promise has not been fulfilled. In Good Mood, Bad Mood, Dr. Charles Hodges offers an explanation to help the reader see the importance of sadness and the hope that God gives us in His Word.
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Vendor: Shepherd Press
Publication Date: 2013
Depression and bipolar disorder are two of the most common diagnoses made in medicine today. Are we in an epidemic of bad moods or is there another explanation? Good Mood, Bad Mood examines whether it is an epidemic or if we have simply changed how we label depression. While medical treatment is now the commonly accepted way to deal with pain and sadness, its promise has not been fulfilled. Dr. Charles Hodges offers an explanation to help the reader see the importance of sadness and the help and hope that God gives us in His Word.
"Dr. Hodges, has given the church an important resource in Good Mood, Bad Mood. With the scientific acumen of a physician and the loving concern of a brother in Christ, Dr. Hodges cuts through the morass of solutions for sadness, depression, mania or bi-polar disorders. Written for the lay person but detailed enough for the physician or counselor, this book is for anyone who struggles with troubling moods and for those who help them."
Elyse Fitzpatrick - author, speaker and counselor
Charles D. Hodges Jr. M.D. is a family physician who practices medicine in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with degrees in medicine, counseling and religion. He is board certified in Family medicine and Geriatrics and is a licensed marital family therapist. Dr Hodges teaches and counsels at the Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry and teaches on medical subjects in Biblical counseling around the country and abroad. He and his wife Helen have been married 41 years and have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. Golf and running are both things he enjoys!
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GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Great Resource for those counselingMay 23, 2014GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Dr. Hodges, the author, has written this book based upon his medical experiences and worldview as a person who loves the Lord Jesus as his Savior. Sadly, this viewpoint is rare in the medical community which makes this book very welcome and valuable to me and to other Christians who have been in need of a reference in this field for a long time.
While I share the same worldview as Dr. Hodges, I do not agree with everything he said in this book. But the points I disagree with him are minor and may be applicable to the 10% of people diagnosed with bipolar II for whom the medications and diagnoses actually do help the patients. I am one of those patients.
The first three chapters of this book discuss how our increasingly secular society views depression and treats it. Chapters 4 and 5 examine the way sadness has been confused with depression. Dr. Hodges stated, "Over the last twenty years, there has been a major effort to educate people about depression. The main tenet of that education is that depression and mood disorders are medical problems that require medical treatment. When most people feel depressed today, they go to the doctor in search of a medical answer. Today very few would go to their pastor first and few caregivers would view the Bible as relevant to the problem."
Yet, one study notated in this book reported research that "believing in God appears to be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. Even better, believing in a God who cares about you makes medical treatment 75% more likely to work among the clinically depressed (p. 51)."
This leads to the remaining subject material outlined in chapters 6 through 13 where Dr. Hodges' qualifications as a licensed marital family therapist coupled with his vast Biblical knowledge and the amount of experience he has accrued allows him to bring hope to the hopeless. This book is a valuable resource for churches who desire to assist the many who suffer silently, especially those who are Christians fearful of the stigma still attached to so-called mental illnesses in Christian circles.
People living in the new secular environment still need to learn biblical perspectives on suffering, sadness, and hardships and learn how to cope with their symptoms. To me, coping techniques that work and fit within biblical parameters (excludes alcohol and drugs, etc.) should be our top priority once we are able to view our life circumstances from God's perspective. What a wonderful ministry a church could have. I highly recommend this to church personnel involved in ministries to hurting people, and for that matter, to anyone suffering from depression, anger, and anxiety.
A complimentary review copy was provided to me by Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5An incredible resource!February 21, 2013Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Finally a book that settles the matter of what a Christian should think about depression. I've always had trouble arriving at a firm conviction as there is so much conflicting information making the rounds. Charles Hodges is both a doctor and a Christian and has carefully researched the subject in this volume published by Shepherd Press.
Don't panic. Whatever he has to say, he says compassionately. Still, he demands that the subject be looked at both from the point of verifiable medical fact and the Bible. What could be more fair?
He discusses what we have probably all noticed-an amazing number of people now have a diagnosis of having depression. He explains how a so-called "chemical imbalance" in the brain is a theory that has never been proven at any level. He further explains that diseases that have legitimate diagnosis capabilities have a clear pathology (structural and functional cellular changes) that you can see. In depression, or a chemical imbalance, there is no such pathology.
There are, however, several ailments that have mood changes as a symptom and he suggests you check these out if you think you are depressed. (He lists them in an appendix). If this is not the case, then likely you are sad. He beautifully shows how our Creator made sadness as an emotion in us to deal with life and drive us to God. Though we may not respond properly, it can help us. Unfortunately, "depression" as a medical diagnosis can be a label that short circuits the process our Creator designed. We quit seeking-we stop at our label instead of the arms of our God.
He tackles the issue of so many not only having this diagnosis, but being prescribed anti-depressants as well. Beyond having their own side effects and dangers, these medicines have little success according to studies. Placebos (sugar pills) and no medicine at all have better results in patients!
He takes Bible characters like Hannah and shows how they would have gotten a "depression" diagnosis. Their real problem was normal sadness and in being driven to God they got real relief. He really puts the Bible to good uses in later chapters!
The last few chapters tackles Bipolar Disorder. It used to be called Manic Depression. He proves it is a rare but real disorder. There are now a wave of people getting a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. This is because they came up with Bipolar Disorder II that has a weak criteria that really can't be verified and now we are giving away a false label and hurting people in the process.
He writes in a way that we can all understand. If you want to know what I think on the subject of depression now, just read this book. As individuals who will have sadness, worse moods and feel depressed, this book is a real help. Were it fall to us to help someone we think acts depressed this book is an indispensable guide. I give it the highest recommendation.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Hope and Help for Sadness and Depression.February 7, 2013Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found Good Mood, Bad Mood to be a revolutionary, thought provoking and much needed book.
When you love someone who is depressed, or are depressed yourself, your focus is on getting through the grind of the day ahead of you, not healing. You settle into head above water mode, trying to keep from sinking- not moving toward shore.
One doctor says medication is your answer for every person, another says you need to "get at the root" of the problem.
One says what you feel is imaginary, another says it is your identity.
I was thrilled to see Dr. Hodges' belief that hope and help could be found in the person of Jesus for those who are depressed.
I was startled to see that many people who are grieving or mourning are diagnosed with depression, and then possibly given the wrong medication, when what they need is compassionate help with heavy sorrow.
Before we can diagnose or help anyone, we need our definitions right.
What is depression?
Is it a disease, with a cause within the body?
Sometimes, certainly, there is a physical cause.
Is medication the best way to treat it, or is there often a cause that medication can't always touch?
Are some people who are labeled "depressed" being hurt by this diagnosis, and is part of the hurt the baggage that comes with the label?
Why are there so many definitions for what depressed is?
What about bipolar?
Far too many patients today feel like the woman in the Gospel of Luke, with the issue of blood that went on for twelve long years. Luke, being a doctor, was troubled that no one had been able to help her case. Medicine had no answers for her problem, though many doctors had tried, Luke tells us.
Mark says frankly that she had spent all she had on physicians and had been harmed rather than helped. Jesus, her Creator, was the only One who could help her, and a single touch of her hand to His robe healed her.
"Thankfully," writes Dr. Hodges, "Medicine has made incredible advances since that woman was healed by Jesus. But we still face the same problems that doctors did in Luke's day. We encounter diseases that we struggle to accurately diagnose and effectively treat. And patients endure much. The purpose of this book is to look at another area of medicine in which patients face the kind of problems this woman faced. The diagnosis and treatment of the disease do not result in a rapid and complete cure. The cost of treatment and the lost wages are a significant burden to those affected. Yet in a significant number of cases, the real solution may be found in a meaningful encounter with the Great Physician."
This book works through both science and Scripture.
The science of how depression and bipolar have been diagnosed through the years shines light on how to help depressed people today, and Scripture is rich with the stories of sorrowed men and women. These stories of their heavy sorrow and their cries of sadness help us as well with our sadness. God tells us our sadness is not imaginary, and it is not our identity either.
And over all their stories is something that helps us even more, that never changes for them or for us- the love of the God of all Comfort who promised to carry His children.
What is depression?
Is it a disease, or a period of intense sadness from many causes?
First we must understand what a disease is, and how physicians treat it.
Does all depression have a physical cause?
Will all cases of depression respond to medication, or is there another way we can support and encourage a person in a fog of sadness?
Scripture reminds us that since Eden, brokenness, sadness, mourning, pain disease and death have been marring our world. Depression has come upon the greatest saints in the Old Testament and the New. What is sadness for? Why does God allow us mourn when we were not created for a fallen world?
Is sorrow ever good, Biologically or spiritually?
In Scripture we read the life of Hannah, who knew the loss of her dream for a long time and her painful longing for children. Hannah would not eat, would not rest, and prayed weeping before the LORD.
We read of Martha and Mary, who lost Lazarus to death of a sudden illness. Jesus responded to them in their sorrow by weeping with them. There is a time to mourn, and mourning is hardly ever a clean, mess-less, tidy process. How can we mourn with those who mourn and assure them that joy will come in the morning, though weeping may endure for the long night?
And Paul, the man who wrestled with a thorn in the flesh that tormented him, emotionally and physically. His thorn was never taken away.
Is it possible that some people will wrestle with sadness as their thron, and that no medicine will help them, but God's Grace will be more than sufficient?
How can we support and uphold them, the way we do all our brethren, without labeling them as "diseased?"
Good Mood Bad Mood contains stories made up from Dr. Hodges' years of helping patients. As I read the chapters devoted to telling Eve's story, I praised God for raising up doctors like Dr. Hodges, who compassionately counsel their patients from the open book of Scripture and the common sense understanding of the body God made. Dr. Hodges is a doctor who is familiar with the Scriptures and his patient will be able to help them see what area they need restoration in. I was very glad to read the account of Eve and how she was guided back into Life out of the spiritual wasteland of alcohol abuse amidst deep sadness. I know so many people who need a doctor like this, who can point them to Our LORD.
I am so glad that healing can be part of our vocabulary when it comes to depression, not just getting through the day.
I was blessed to receive this book from the author and Cross Focused Reviews. I am glad to have this book on my shelf.
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