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Do you suffer from depression? Neuropsychologist Bengtson recognized its symptoms, practiced the usual treatments, and prescribed the standard medicines -- until she faced the disease herself and found them lacking. Writing with deep compassion, she blends her training and faith to offer you relief based on God's love and grace. Foreword by Marilyn Meberg.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 080072707X
ISBN-13: 9780800727079

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Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression

As a board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson sees the devastation of depression. Early on, she practiced the most effective treatments and prescribed them for her clients. But when she experienced depression herself, she found that the treatments she had recommended were lacking. Her experience showed her the missing component in treating depression.

In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion, blending her training and faith, to offer readers a hope grounded in God's love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God's grace, it cannot do. The result is an approach that offers the hope of release, not just the management of symptoms.

For those who struggle with depression and those who want to help them, Hope Prevails offers hope for the future.

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson (PhD, Nova Southeastern University) has been a neuropsychologist for more than twenty years. She interned at the University of Oklahoma with "The Father of Neuropsychology," Dr. Oscar "Oz" Parsons, and completed postdoctoral training at both the Henry Ford Hospital and the University of Alabama Health Sciences Center. She lives in Dallas/Fort Worth with her husband, their two sons, and three dogs. Learn more at www.drmichellebengtson.com.

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  1. Cordially Barbara
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson is a whole pack of Listerine cool mint strips.
    June 24, 2017
    Cordially Barbara
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    On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson is a whole pack of Listerine cool mint strips. The spike of flavor explodes on your tongue clearing out the clingy flavors of finished meals. Freshness restored.

    [Free copy received. Opinions my own.]

    Hope Prevails offers a glimpse of Depression from a medical expert who has personally dealt with the debilitating effects of Depression. Dr. Bengtson organized this book into 12 chapters that intuitively steps through the barriers and frustrations of Depression. At the end of each chapter, she gifts the reader with introspection exercises, a prayer, and a list of music.

    Although I have never personally dealt with clinical Depression, I know many loved ones who have. For me, Depression is personal for the reason that so many loved ones deal with it. That's what prompted me to pick up Hope Prevails, but I walked away encouraged as well because my own life has sometimes lacked hope as well. Sometimes, Dr. Bengtson seemed too chipper for the serious topic that she was writing about, but on the flip side, it kept this book feeling light rather than exhausting.

    I think Hope Prevails offers an easy-to-read opportunity to begin digging into the spiritual side of Depression.
  2. debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hope Prevails
    October 1, 2016
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    This is a book about Dr. Bengtson going through depression and how to survive it. She tells us her story and gives us many solutions to how you deal with it or how to help a loved one going through depression. She goes deep into the feelings of what a person that suffers depression goes through, her story will help those that don't understand why someone that has everything will go through depression. Depression is not a choice, it is a disease that doesn't have an easy solution to solve. When you read "A letter to my depressed self" this is the whole reason she writes the book.

    I would recommend this book to anyone going through depression, knows of someone who has depression, or if you or anyone you know thinks they may be depressed. This book is told in an easy to understand way and will keep your interest. This is a very well written and true story that was done in a very classy way that will help others.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Baker Publishing. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  3. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    GOD Prevails
    September 30, 2016
    joyful334209
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    It is slow at first - that was a little disappointing because it was all about her idea about Depression and then that is all she talked about - the same idea - over and over again - then all of a sudden something happens - here is where I need to tell you something - something I think is important - I am a pastors daughter (no that isn't it) and my Father brought me up to believe a very important principal about Pastors in Churches or people who represent themselves as someone who is representing CHRIST - telling you, "how to" when it comes to CHRIST like this book and a million others - well what you NEED to know is - when someone teaching you something regarding CHRIST - you do not take them at their word only - that is just their word - not Biblical - but if they back up what they say with Scripture - then you can take what they say with a little more weight - but you also have to be wary with that because you need to check with that as well - read the Scripture around it and see what the Scripture was trying to say in the Bible itself. Some authors twist the Scriptures to fit there narrative - now this author - guess what - she did it right - she has so many Scripture verses to back up what she was saying - it is rare and wonderful and captivating after you get past the repeating of some of the ideas - now the second thing I learned as a child - the Scriptures say not to add your own words or delete words when you talk about the Scriptures - it is against GOD's law - that is in Revelation - if you had any questions about depression things in your past you will get the Doctors opinion with Scripture to help.
  4. cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Yes it Does
    September 5, 2016
    cici
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    If I remember correctly there is a saying that reads something like through the dark we will find the light and that is what I took from this magical book. Depression is real and all encompassing while others come to believe that it is something that can be dealt with in certain manners the best way is to work through it with doctor care and self guidance or more to the point self care. And I know it may sound like I am saying it can be dealt by oneself it is not that simple. I am, however, saying that when we look inward and bring it out through writing we can work through the stressors or triggers that have brought on the depression in the first place. Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengston is probably one of the best books that handles this delicate subject on depression and that there is light at the end of the usually very dark tunnel. I kind of thought this book would be some what more on a how-to deal than this is what worked for me and can possibly work for you. I devoured Dr. Bengston's journey and no consider myself a bit more informed on one of the mental issues that affects so many of us. I received a copy for this review from Revell Books and all opinions are my own.
  5. ChooseWisely
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hope!
    August 30, 2016
    ChooseWisely
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    If you or someone you love suffers from depression it is likely that you have already done quite a bit of searching for an answer or even a cure. People who aren't familiar with depression don't understand it. Because I have more than one person in my life that suffers with depression, I was excited to see a book written by a neuropsychologist who actually experienced depression. While there is no cure given in this book, Dr. Michelle Bengston offers helpful insight in Hope Prevails.

    What differentiates Hope Prevails from other books is two-fold. Dr Bengston suffered through depression herself, and she also uses her faith as a source of her hope. One of the most helpful chapters in this book for me was The Underlying Causes of Depression. I think anything that helps answer the why gives tremendous hope. There is a reasonand I appreciated Dr. Bengston sharing her reason in this chapter. I also loved the chapter, Recover Your Joy. I love that Dr. Begston points to the recognition of the small gifts in life that we often miss. She recommends a gratitude journal and I love this idea.

    While this book does not offer a cure for depression, it does offer hope. I think knowing you are not alone is part of the battle. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way.
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