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Dancing in the Dark: How to Take Care of Yourself When Someone You Love Is Depressedby Bernadette Stankard
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Depression--it's been called 'the common cold of mental illness' because so many Americans suffer from it every year. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in twenty Americans over the age of twelve has suffered from depression. And most of these people have spouses, families, and jobs, multiplying the effects of depression until almost no family in the country is untouched by this common, but potentially deadly, illness. However, help is available for all those affected by depression, whether their own or that of a family member.
Dancing in the Dark: How to Take Care of Yourself When Someone You Love Is Depressed is brimming with tried-and-true suggestions, helpful hints, and up-to-date resources for anyone whose life is affected by the depression of another. Authors Bernadette Stankard and Amy Viets offer compassionate wisdom, reflective quotations, and practical assistance based on their personal experience of life with depressed partners. They are also qualified as educators, authors, public speakers, and women of faith: Bernadette is a Master Catechist of the Roman Catholic Church, and Amy received her degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary, in Youth and Family Ministry.
Few books exist that provide practical tools for the person living with a depressed partner. This book fills the void.
Dancing in the Dark is brimming with tried-and-true suggestions, helpful hints, and up-to-date resources for anyone whose life is affected by the depression of another. Authors Bernadette Stankard and Amy Viets offer compassionate wisdom, reflective quotations, and practical assistance based on their personal experience of life with depressed partners.
About the Author
Bernadette Stankard: Bernadette Stankard and her husband, Ed, have been married for forty years, half of which was spent dealing with Ed's depression. Through his perseverance and their commitment as a couple, they have grown into good health together, realizing the gift of life they share, which could have been lost.
Bernadette is the author of several books and gives presentations to schools, churches, and businesses on creativity, multiple intelligences, and living with depression.
Amy Viets: Amy Viets knows firsthand what it means to live with depression: she and her husband, Bruce, struggled through twelve years of marital, emotional, and financial strain as they searched for an effective combination of therapy and medication. Now, with Bruce's return to health and the rebuilding of their relationship, she is helping others survive the darkness of depression in their spouses.
A former elementary school teacher, Amy is now the Director of Children's Ministry for a large Lutheran congregation in Overland Park, Kansas. Her articles and essays have appeared in a number of religious and parenting publications.
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