Let Me Sow Light: Living with a Depressed Spouse

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ACTA Publications, 2008 - Religion - 150 pages
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Treatment for depression has come a long way, but often left out of the equation are the devastating effects depression can have on a marriage. The feelings of alienation, guilt and anger can be overwhelming. Authors Amy Viets and Bernadette Stankard have both lived with a depressed spouse, and they offer this book as a source of support for the pain that spouses may feel as they watch their loved ones struggle with depression. In addition to drawing from their own experiences, they have used examples from other people who have first-hand knowledge of depression in a spouse to address issues such as: Depression's effect on finances, Depression's effect on faith, The challenges of treatment, The importance of self-care, Life after depression.
 

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Contents

Amys Story
11
Bernadettes Story
12
When Depression Hits a Marriage
17
Depression Ahead
20
The Elephant in the Room
26
What Next?
29
Common Reactions
35
The Lifeline of Community
38
The Comfort of Prayer
96
The Perspective of Blessings
97
The Faithfulness of God
99
The Challenges of Treatment
103
Finding the Right Treatment Balance
105
When Treatments Dont Work
110
In the Aftermath
114
The Importance of SelfCare
117

Making a PACT with God
41
Depressions Effect on Children
45
Discussing depression with Your Children
48
Helping Your Children
54
Watching for Depression in Your Children
57
Parenting Help
59
Depressions Effect on Finances
65
Dealing with Job Changes
67
Untangling the Mess
70
Asking Forand AcceptingHelp
72
Depressions Effect in the Bedroom
79
Wheres the Romance?
81
Changes in Sexual Expression
84
Surviving the Changes
87
The Great Lover
90
Depressions Effect on Faith
91
The Encouragement of Scripture
94
The Truth Will Set You Free
119
WellBeing Checks
121
Letting Go of Guilt
122
Seeking Help for Yourself
124
Maintaining Normal
126
A Place for Pampering
127
The Challenges of Recovery
131
The Return
133
Navigating Changes
135
The Importance of CheckIns
139
Time to Heal
142
Life after Depression
145
Bernadettes Story
147
Amys Story
148
Acknowledgments
151
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