Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey through Depression

Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey through Depression

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Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727079
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 500,110
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Dedication 9

Foreword Marilyn Meberg II

When the Whole World Is Laughing but You 15

A Letter to My Depressed Self 19

1 This Thing Called Depression 25

2 You Are Not Alone 33

3 The Underlying Causes of Depression 41

4 Recognize You Have an Enemy 55

5 Recover Your Joy 69

6 Reclaim Your Peace 91

7 Reestablish Your Identity 107

8 Know Your Worth 123

9 Remember Your Secure Destiny 133

10 Be Confident That Nothing Separates You from God's Love 147

11 God Uses Your Pain 161

12 The Way to Hope 171

You Have a Gift to Give 193

Appendix: Helping a Depressed Loved One 195

Acknowledgments 197

Notes 199

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Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey through Depression 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally bought Hope Prevails as a way to understand my friends who deal with depression and maybe find a way to offer them a hand up out of depression. To my surprise it wasn’t long before I had ten fingers pointing back at me ! Ouch ! Wow ! Me , Myself and I have been held captive under the chains of depression without me realizing what has been going on in my life. I’m learning to understand depression and well it does not have to control or define me . I have joy. I have hope. Learning to cope with depression takes time and determination. My copy of Hope Prevails is decorated and marked up as I have personalized it for me. I am embarking on my 4th journey through the book. I have a notebook beside my book. I begin each reading time with asking God to walk and talk with me through this journey. We have an amazing time . Abba is with me catching my tears as He gives me hope that I can prevail and embrace joy to the fullest . Please join this journey to discover God has hope designed to fill your days with joy.
CordiallyBarbara More than 1 year ago
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.
CisnerosCafe More than 1 year ago
I appreciate her insight because she is both the doctor and the patient. The reader sees both sides of the journey and feels confident in the knowledge dispersed throughout the pages. As patients, we are treated with medication and mental exercises, but often our spirit remains untreated. This is where Dr. Bengston comes in. Her firsthand knowledge and experience is valuable. Hope Prevails is biblically based. It offers insight while digging into the Bible to help further heal from the strongholds of depression. My favorite parts of the book come at the end of each chapter where Dr. Bengston offers a prescription. These prescriptions are questions to further journal out your experience. She then offers a short prayer followed by a playlist of worship songs. I would recommend this book to anyone suffering from depression who is tired of medication not working, tired of feeling empty, and tired of feeling lost. It’s a valuable gift to offer a family member if they suffer with depression and feelings of negative self-worth. Hope Prevails offers hope in Jesus.
Donna-Collins-Tinsley More than 1 year ago
Hope Prevails Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson (my book review) This book had me at the dedication to Margie Houmes! I was so surprised to see the name of someone who I'd considered to be "my angel" at the Florida Christian Writers Conference. I think that many of us know that Margie believed in us when we didn't believe in ourselves and so I was excited to read a book that was from someone that had been mentored by her. I, myself, am not prone to depression but my husband and several others in the family have a genetic predisposition to it. I was very happy to be able to read a book that discussed the spiritual aspects that are so often overlooked in many doctor's offices. I especially loved at the end of the chapters the: Your RX My Prayer for You and the Recommend Playlist I've always found music to be balm for the soul, and we share a lot of the same favorite songs. Excellent idea! A quote I liked from page 117 was "What if we decide to no longer let the enemy destroy our identity and dealt with the issue of self-hatred? What if instead of going down the road of comparing ourselves to others we stopped and said, 'Father, I'm about to beat my up, but before I do, why don't you tell me what you think of me? How do you see me, Father?' Wouldn't that change everything?" I was happy to find at the end of the book an appendix with resources for helping a depressed loved one. Michelle says, "When we love someone with depression, we engage in a dance of learning how to love them through it while they learn how to cope with it." Michelle includes totally awesome resources on her website. Check it out: http://drmichellebengtson.com/resources/ Dr. Michelle, I'm glad you didn't wait until you were at the finish line to write this much needed book. (RE:2 Cor. 1 3-4). Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. May you be blessed! I was very grateful to receive a Review Copy from the publisher through Revell Reads. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
queenofmyfairytale More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: 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. Meet the Author: 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. Review: If you are anyone that you know is suffering from depression, then this book is for you! Even if you are not struggling with depression, it is still a great read! It is a profound book from someone who knows first hand that the struggle is real and sometimes hard to manage on your own. The book begins with a letter addressed to "my depressed self" from the author herself. It is an eye-opening, remember you are loved and not alone, and don't give up kind of letter. Then in the following chapters she breaks down the barriers of fear, rejection and non-understanding for those all involved in the world of depression. She defines the word depression and then she explains the underlying causes of it and how you can recognize your enemy. She makes it perfectly clear that depression happens, its everywhere, but we are not alone, we have God. He sees us, he sees the mess that we can be, and he experiences our joys with us. One of her chapters is completely about finding your joy. Rediscover and reclaim that joy! "The enemy uses three primary tactics against us" "According to John 10:10, he steals, kills and destroys whatever opposes his kingdom of darkness." So lets fight this enemy! Let us rediscover our joys and purpose! Great inspirational book that is loaded full of emotions, information and the good Lord! Will definitely be recommending!! I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. It's available at: Amazon Barnes and Noble
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
Hope Prevails is a non-fiction title that dives into something personal. Depression. If you are suffering or know someone who is suffering this book is full of hope. Hope of a future; hope of a promise; hope of survival-the kind of hope that can only come from God. The devastation of depression has affected me personally through the life of someone I love and this book serves as a reminder that those suffering are not defined by their diagnosis. In fact, Dr. Bengtson provides Biblical truths that contradict the very lies the enemy-our enemy-uses to leave those suffering in the abyss of hopelessness. But it doesn't have to be this way. Dr. Bengtson, as a board-certified neuropsychologist, suggests that to conquer depression we need to be fully aware that the battle is not just physical and psychological but spiritual as well. And I agree. As someone who has suffered herself, Dr. Bengtson, shares her personal struggles and the lies she believed that kept her drowning in the throes of depression but in each chapter she also affirms that the lies are just that-deceptive words of destruction meant to rob a person of the joy, hope, and peace God promises to each of us. There's a "homework" assignment at the end of each chapter that helps the reader dig deeper into their feelings to discover the truth for themselves along with key Bible verses she strongly suggests for memorization and a play list of inspiring songs meant to uplift the spirit. This book is full of incredible verses that speak TRUTH and HOPE into the lives of those who need to hear it most. They spoke to me and made me realize that I, too, have been allowing the enemy to have a foothold in areas of my life that I need to take back. "Take your thoughts captive-or your thoughts will take you captive." Whether or not you suffer from depression or know someone who does this book will become a toolbox full of the kind of arsenal needed to battle an enemy constantly on the prowl to destroy us and those we love. *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
There is so many people in this year had been a lot of struggled with depression in there life. It’s finally feel more relieve. This book had a lot of power of hope with love of God to helping and treatment all you had been missing in you life. We never had been unexpected what is hope can be offering you a power to keep you going and flight for your life. This is a best way to learn and make more understanding step by step of spiritual hope for everyone fine the solution. Because you are the love of God. Please ..read this book. I highly recommend this for everyone.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Hope Prevails is written by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, a neuropsychologist. This is a book of her personal journey with depression. The author points out that a lot of people who are suffering from depression are embarrassed to talk about it. The Bible tells us we will go through difficult, painful times. But God will be with us. If we do not take time to rest in God's presence and listen to him,we can become lonely. Satan can get a hold of us and can steal our joy, peace and identity. We have a choice, we can let depression define us or we can desire joy enough to pursue it with prayer, obedience, gratitude and sacrifice. The author also touches on anxiety. Anxiety is the absence of peace and the feeling of being out of control. To have perfect peace, we need to surrender to God, give up our need for control and let God be in control. This is a good book that uses many verses from the Bible to reinforce that we are loved by God and that He wants to take our pain. He knows that He has so much better for us. The author ends each chapter with questions to ask yourself, was well as with steps to take in your walk through depression, a prayer for our lives during depression and a song list of suggested uplifting songs to listen to. I appreciate that the author briefly point out the need for medical help. She also explains the use of certain medication as other steps we can take in our lives to help with depression. Some of those include prayer, spending time in God's word, getting enough rest, proper nutrition, exercise and stay socially active. The part in the book that really stands out to me is God loves us as we are, not as we think we should be. He gives us his love freely, we do not have to be in church all the time, serve on committees or give a certain amount in the offering to receive his love. I do wish the author would have used capitalization when referencing God. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing for an honest review.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
The Way to Hope A long-ago friend I’ll call “Beth” suffered from depression, growing more and more discouraged as she slogged through her days under the weight of it. I asked her one day, “Why don’t you try reading a book about depression?” “I’ve tried,” she replied, “but they only make me feel worse!” If only she could have read Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, I believe she would have been uplifted, encouraged, and enlightened in her understanding of what was going on in her body, her mind, and her spirit when depression washed over her days. Dr. Bengtson has experienced depression herself, so she writes from inside the problem, and, as a clinical neuropsychologist, she experienced the shock of realizing that the treatment suggestions she had offered to her patients were not working for her. Medication, therapy, diet, exercise, prayer are all tried and true remedies for depression, but it was only when she began exploring the spiritual component of depression that she began to find freedom. Hope Prevails offers the comfort of companionship, the clear light of truth, and the gift of hope with solid facts about depression: “In any given year, approximately 18.8 million Americans adults suffer from depression. If we broaden the scope, in most countries 8-12% of the population suffers from major depression at some point.” Depression is chemical; it is genetic; it can have physiological roots; and it is influenced by environmental factors such as stress. The underlying roots of depression lie in the spirit of the depressed person who lacks peace and joy and has bought into lies about herself that detract from her ability to live life to the fullest. The hope Dr. Bengtson offers is not a personal recipe that she takes credit for, but springs instead from a Scriptural promises that point the way to a supernatural hope. When she says that those who mourn will find comfort, that those who sow in tears shall reap in joy, and that there is an inexpressible joy available on this planet, she is not offering Scripture as a “snap out of it” lucky charm, but as a truth to replace the lies that lead to depression and as ammunition to fight the battle. Dr. Bengtson’s go-to verse is Jeremiah 29:11, for it speaks of a hopeful future that is invisible to the eyes of the depressed believer. A steady diet of strong truth works to bring feelings into line with a quest for biblical joy. Michelle recommends a gratitude journal as solid accountability in practicing “the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details . . . the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right, and the determined choice to praise God in all things.” This “settled conviction about God” is Kay Warren’s definition of joy which forms the bedrock on the road to healing and restoration. Peace flees in the presence of shame, and owning one’s brokenness shines light into the dark places where shame rules. Dependency on God and genuine forgiveness as a path away from bitterness and resentment are strong medicine. Hope Prevails urges readers to take responsibility for their responses to circumstances — a victim mentality leads only to self-pity and gets in the way of accepting God’s glorious validation of our identity as believers: Accepted! If God says “beloved,” who am I to disagree? The truth of our value to God rests on the exorbitant price He paid to own us, and this c . . . continue reading at Living Our Day
RachelleCraig More than 1 year ago
Dr. Michelle Bengtson is a board certified neuropsychologist who not only treats people with depression, she has walked through the darkness and devastation of depression herself. In Hope Prevails Michelle so transparently shares her story. She is a Dr. who understands the struggle, and shows us how to reject the lies of the enemy of our souls, and cling to the promises of God. One of my favorite parts of this book is "A Letter To Our Depressed Self." This letter is filled with scripture and reminds of of God's faithfulness, His love for us, and His promises. At the end of each chapter you will find a prayer, a prescription of recommended things to do, and a playlist of worship music that Dr. Michelle used during her own healing process. Dr. Michelle writes this book in ways that make you feel like she is a trusted, well known friend! She writes in ways that make you feel loved and cared for. I highly recommend this book for everyone! Whether you battle depression, or have loved ones who do, this book is a MUST READ for all! You will find something in this book that you can apply to your life, and make changes for the better
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
An amazing book written by an amazing person! Dr. Michelle Bengtson discusses anxiety and depression and the way those diseases affect our lives and the lives of others. In this book, she reminds us that everyone is touched by depression and/or anxiety in some way. Whether ourselves or someone we know or don't know, this book can help. Dr. Bengston includes Scripture, music suggestions and ways to help with this journey. She writes from personal experience. I cried tears of sadness and then, tears of joy as I read the book because I, too, have suffered with this disease. I know there is hope, and this book is a true testimony that there is hope and help. Reading Hope Prevails will uplift and encourage you. I believe everyone should read this book.
DukeandBellaDesigns More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading " Hope Prevails". This book is a life changer. If you or someone you know suffers from the dark valley of depression than this book is a MUST read. Dr. Michelle Bengtson shares her personal journey through depression with a victorious homecoming If you or someone you know suffers from depression you have found the book that will change your life. She writes with the voice of a trusted friend. She includes prayers at the end of each chapter playlists of music to touch your heart and lift you out of that dark valley. If there were 10 stars I'd hit them all.
MaryLeeMorgan More than 1 year ago
I love picking up books and wanting to underline something on every page because I’m relating so much to what the author has said. When the author is a doctor, I love it even more when I start to feel that they might have been following me around taking notes because then I know that he/she really understands people like me. Dr. Michelle Bengtson has written such a book with Hope Prevails. She has such a wonderful story to tell from both sides of the desk: the doctor's side, and the side of the depressed one needing treatment. Walking out of her own dark valley is how she discovered the spiritual roots to depression, and that is the wonderful story of her book. She writes with the warm voice of a trusted friend who wants to be with you in your pain and then take your hand and gently lead you to a better place. Dr. Bengtson includes a few things in Hope Prevails that make it even more warm and personal. At the end of each chapter is a prayer for you, a prescription of things to do, and a play list of music that she found so very important to her own healing. In reading what she has shared, even readers without depression will discover truths they have been seeking, and can immediately apply them to their lives. I can't recommend it enough!
PegStormy More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading “Hope Prevails” and all I can say is this book contains a “now word”. It is a word for those who suffer from depression or knows someone who does. It encourages the reader to delve deeply into their own lives, examining areas that may have been hidden behind masks of rejection, fear, self-doubt, etc. The book is thought-provoking and straight forward, yet sensitively written. Dr. Bengtson not only addresses the subject of depression from a neuropsychologist’s point of view but also from a personal point of view as a person who herself suffered from depression. If you or someone you know suffers from depression, this book is a “must read.”
SusanBMead More than 1 year ago
Ever felt your world turn black? Depression settles in and unsettles you as it pulls the curtains on the world as everything simply turns black. It's so black you want a friend to bring you a flashlight to show you the way out, yet do you have the energy to care or call? Been there? So has Dr. Michelle Bengtson. Hope Prevails is her personal victory account and the magnificent lessons she learned as she traversed that black place called depression. Yes, she experienced that bright light - Jesus - as He walked with her into the light. The good news? She freely shares the lessons learned. Now that's where #HopePrevails for each one of us. If you aren't dealing with depression now, one of your dear friends may be. I encourage you to get this book for yourself and every friend in need of a helping hand and a little light on their path. Shine it for them.
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
Hope Prevails is a unique book in that it is written by a doctor who herself battled with depression. Dr.Michelle Bengston is a neuropsychologist who had treated patients for years but only in the midst of her own battle discovered the missing component in treatment. The book is beautiful and transparently written and includes Scriptures, prayers, and worship songs which the author found to be life giving and fill her with hope in the midst of her battle. This book is an encouraging read whether one suffers with anxiety or depression oneself or if one needs a tool to offer a family member or friend in their struggle. I highly recommend this book as it is truly unlike any other book on depression I have read. One will surely become assured that Hope truly does prevail!