Depression seems to be everywhere. It seems everyone knows someone else who struggles with it—you may yourself. It has become such a part of the psychological landscape that it can often be met with cynicism, or indifference, which is a problem—because Depression does exist—and people suffering from it need help.
The concept of D is for Depression is what makes it immensely valuable. It is a self-help book about getting better and a resource for those who suffer, or who are close to someone who does. The content of D is for Depression is to be trusted because it has already been translated and read across the world; appearing on university and theological college reading lists. It is substantially based upon Michael’s earlier book, Facing Depression. A book widely used by individuals, churches and in the training of those seeking professional skills to help others.
There are not many books that deal credibly with depression from both a Biblical and medical scientific angle. The absence of either leaves you with a less than holistic guide. This is one of the best of such books. Read it and understand better what depression is. Then allow the text to lead you through some practical exercises that will show whether or not medical help is needed. The vast majority of sufferers from depression do get better. If you are a sufferer or a helper of others (informally or professionally) then D is for Depression will help you immensely.
“What we are saying is that God has made us to be a unity of body, mind and spirit.” (Page 18)
“It is the negative reactions which are our greatest enemy. I could have reacted otherwise, even though my reactions were perfectly understandable under the circumstances. But where these experiences of pain or conﬂict go unresolved, and the longer they are allowed to go on like that, the deeper they get embedded in our personality and the more likely they are to throw stones at any situation in our daily experience which bears the slightest resemblance to the original situation.” (Page 46)
“Between 50 and 75 per cent of those who kill themselves are clinically depressed.” (Page 25)
“Humbling yourself means that you let your self-concern decrease, that your concern for God may increase.” (Page 179)
“If we can only ﬁnd out the cause, we’ll be halfway towards a cure.” (Page 31)