(Review) Understanding And Loving A Person With Depression: Biblical and Practical Wisdom to Build Empathy, Preserve Boundaries, and Show Compassion by Stephen Arterburn, M.Ed. and Brenda Hunter, Ph.D.

 

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Publisher and Publication Date: David C. Cook. October 1, 2017.
Genre: Christian Nonfiction. Psychology. Depression.
Pages: 176.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: Good.

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Further information on the book at David C. Cook publishing.
This book is apart of a series of books in The Arterburn Wellness Series. Other books are Understanding and Loving a Person With Sexual Addiction, Understanding and Loving a Person With Alcohol or Drug Addiction, Understanding and Loving a Person With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Understanding and Loving a Person With Borderline Personality Disorder, Understanding and Loving a Person With Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Understanding and Loving a Person With Attention Deficit Disorder, and Understanding and Loving a Person With Bipolar.
This link will take you to an Amazon page with the full list of books in this series:
The Arterburn Wellness Series.

Summary:
Understanding and Loving a Person With Depression has been written with the intention of education and help for those who love a person with depression. It is a book of encouragement. It is considered a guidebook for the people who live with and love a person with depression.

My Thoughts:
Understanding and Loving a Person With Depression is a beginning point in education about depression. I’ve read several books and articles about depression, this is why I consider this particular book to be a starting point.
•Statistics are given about people who have depression in the US.
•The different types of depressions are listed and defined.
•Questions for the caregiver/spouse are encouraged. For example: “become a student of the depressive.” Page 24.
•Individual chapters are given for depression in men, women, and adolescents.
•Early attachments in childhood are taught. I enjoyed this chapter, because it talked about having a close bond with one parent over another. Also, the security of these attachments. And, how the attachments make us feel about ourselves at the core level.
•Another favorite chapter is on forgiveness. Information on forgiveness is quoted from a book by Dr. Fred Luskin. There was a time in my life when I did not fully understand what forgiveness meant. “Forgiveness is for you and not the offender.” “Forgiveness does not mean reconciling with the offender.” Page 115, 116. These are just two of the examples given (and the two I’ve not understood in the past.)

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