Item description for Let Me Sow Light: Living with a Depressed Spouse by Bernadette Stankard & Amy Viets...
Overview Support for the pain one might feel watching a loved one suffer from depression 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 share examples from other people who have first-hand experience with depression in a spouse. This book addresses 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
Publishers Description 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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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.
Bernadette Stankard currently resides in Overland Park, in the state of Kansas.
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A solid choice for any who cares deeply about the spirit of their significant other Jan 9, 2009
Depression is contagious, and living with a down and out spouse is no fun. "Let Me Sow Light: Living with a Depressed Spouse" is a guide for spouses who hate seeing their beloved in a constant state of the blues. With a Christian slant, the advice is solid and contains more than enough secular advice for any family who wants to raise the house's collective spirit. Defining depression's impact and how to address the causes rather than the symptoms, "Let Me Sow Light" is a solid choice for any who cares deeply about the spirit of their significant other.
Handbook of Hope Dec 7, 2008
Let Me Sow Light authors Amy Viets and Bernadette Stankard share their personal experiences and those of more than a dozen others who have lived with a depressed spouse. The stories are combined with information on the disease, reflection questions, and further resources to produce a practical handbook for non-depressed spouses. In the opening chapter the authors describe warning signs and clinical symptoms, then suggest ways of steering the depressed spouse toward diagnosis and treatment. The second chapter emphasizes the non-depressed spouse's need for support. The authors discuss the feeling of abandonment by God common among those living with depression. Their response is a PACT with God. The acronym stands for prayer, affirmation, community, and truth, which Viets and Stankard explain in detail.
All chapters contain elements of the spiritual and build on the PACT while addressing such issues as the effects of depression on children, finances, and sexual expression. Chapter 6 is devoted entirely to depression and faith. The authors point out that depressive illness "has the capacity to chip away at faith and block avenues of hope" for both depressed and non-depressed partners. Challenges to faith may take the form of doubt, anger, resignation, or hatred. Even while feeling abandoned by God some may fear God's punishment. Viets and Stankard offer encouragement from Scripture and comfort from prayer. If formal prayer isn't possible, they suggest trying to imagine God's presence in everyday activities like washing dishes, driving the car, and falling asleep.
The final chapters deal with treatment, self-care, and recovery, completing a thorough and thoroughly helpful book for anyone whose marriage or family is touched by depression.