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How To Win Over Depression [Paperback]

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The problem of depression is a skyrocketing crisis in our society today. Dr. LaHaye presents a fresh new approach to overcoming this problem—and writes of its causes and cure. This book points to the true cause of depression, and offers a workable solution for winning over what is rapidly becoming the emotional epidemic of our time.

This classic best-seller, which describes the causes of and cure for depression, has been completely revised and updated to reflect the changes in the understanding and treatment of depression in the last two decades. Depression is today's leading emotional problem, with a skyrocketing number of reported cases. But there's much hope for those who suffer. If you or a loved one struggle with depression, whether mild or sever, Dr. Tim LaHaye assures you that there is a way to overcome those dark, hopeless feelings—even if previous counseling hasn't helped.

With over one million copies sold since its first printing in 1974, How to Win Over Depression has made a life-changing difference for countless people worldwide. Now completely revised to incorporate the latest research, this book outlines principles from the Bible that can help you put depression behind you and keep it there, regardless of your circumstances.

Dr. LaHaye examines the causes and treatments of depression, including physical imbalances and the therapeutic use of anti-depressants. Then, in simple language, he describes his own approach—one that's proved successful time and again for over twenty years. Digging beyond the physical and emotional components of depression, Dr. LaHaye takes you to its spiritual root and provides a means for eradicating it from your life. So whether it's just a case of the blues or a serious overwhelming sense of despair, depression doesn't have to master you. Learn how you can master it with How to Win Over Depression.

About the Author
Tim LaHaye is founder and president of Family Life seminars, a national family ministry that organizes seminars throughout the country. In addition he was instrumental in founding the Institute for Creation Institute, an organization that forms debates on secular college campuses and produces a monthly magazine. He was president and founder of Christian Heritage College and San Diego Unified Christian School System. LaHaye has published many best-selling books, including How to Manage Pressure Before Pressure Manages You, How to Win Over Depression, The Act of Marriage, and The Coming of Peace in the Middle East.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 21, 1996
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310203260  
EAN  9780310203261  
UPC  025986203269  

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Life changing  Mar 15, 2006
I agree with review of Jill Wysong. I read this book in the 80s, and I saw myself. I am convinced that nearly all depression is anger turned inward (=self pity), and we need to accept God's plan for us in order to turn ourselves around permanently. Twenty years of continual low-grade depression evaporated, and I have had no major relapses since then.

I hand this book out like candy, and admittedly, few people "let it in." Yes, circumstances can be nasty, but the response to them is IN YOU, and you become the cause of your own misery. Can you face it? If you think you can look at yourself honestly, give this book a chance. I do know at least one other person besides myself who also completely turned their life around because of this book. Thank you, thank you, thank you God!

PS: There is complaint in these reviews about the author's views about anti-depressive drugs. To be honest, I am not a seeker of medication and never considered it as an option. I don't know how up to date the most recent printing is, and frankly, I thought he gave too much space to it. In the end, I honestly and personally don't think medication is the real, lasting answer. Consider this book if you know this in your soul.
LaHaye should actually understand what he's talking about before he speaks.  Jan 3, 2006
LaHaye starts out by describing his "experience" with depression. He describes a period of basically self-pity when he had disappointed expectations about the purchase of some property. That is VERY different than what a lot of people experience.

Considering that most mental health professionals describe depression as anger turned inward, saying that someone's depression is due to self-pity is like putting gasoline on a fire.

I had a doctor suggest that I check out resources on depression when I started becoming ill pretty regularly after a prolonged period of stress. Her suggestion was that I may have developed a chemical depression, and I should try a mild anti-depressant to get my body back to where it should be. Well, I figured I'd try a Christian book on depression because I thought I should learn to take care of my body better so I wouldn't end up wearing myself out.

I started reading this book, and went from just being a little tired to completely upset. Before this book, I felt as though my life was going pretty great. Afterwards, I felt horrible because I was inflicting all this on myself and others around me.

After a discussion with someone with actual training in dealing with depression, I realized I just needed to throw this book in the trash.

Ironically, I was a listener of Christian talk radio, and there was a series on depression from the New Life Live guys. Many of the things that LaHaye suggested were completely discounted. Funny, if I recall, LaHaye has no background education in psychology, which I think would be wise before making some of the blanket assertions he made. Also considering that we know there is a genetic component to depression as basically certain people's bodies don't make enough seratonin to be like "normal" people, some people will have much more difficulty being "normal" due to a physical issue.

Sure, this book may be good for someone truly masking anger at others in a passive agressive way as depression. In that case, the person thinks they are depressed because of how mistreated they are...being a victim. That's completely different than real depression, and it's physical results.

I'd find a book by a trained psychologist, and skip this one.
Desperately needs to get its facts straight  Dec 16, 2002
Admittedly, I didn't get through this book. What stopped me was the chapter on the "facts" about antidepressants. LaHaye obviously has a bias against medication, but I would respect him more if he would just admit it rather than dragging out every remotely possible side effect of medications that are not commonly used today. The end of the chapter, discussing Prozac, suggests that it's a new and experimental drug that will likely be as harmful as he claims the ones before it were. Well, Prozac was not exactly new in 1996, at the time of the last revision of this book. In fact, doctors were finding it, along with newer medications, to be safer and just as effective in treating depression. I suspect that LaHaye didn't want to ruin his scary story, but a book that claims to be the truth about depression should at least get its facts straight. Whether to use medication or not in treating depression is a personal choice of every Christian affected, but misinformation about antidepressant medication only complicates the issue. The selective revision of this chapter comes periously close to lying.
This book has a lot of good points  Apr 30, 2001
This particular book helped me get out of a recent deep depression. In particular, it helped to focus on how my anger and self-pity kept the cycle of depression going. It also showed me that I was focusing on the circumstances of my life, keeping myself trapped by what other people might or might not do.

This book also showed me that while healing might be needed in some areas of my life, I didn't have to wait until that healing was done to get rid of my depression. I highly recommend this book to anyone (but especially Christians) who are struggling with depression or those who have a loved one in that situation.

Wish it were this simple...  Aug 26, 2000
In short, this book is not the answer for everyone. I wish it was. The premise in this book is that everyone has difficulties, and that depression is basically choosing to have self-pity about one's difficulties. I agree that a depressed person (like myself) is often self-consumed. But while depression can definitely be caused or contributed to by self-pity, there are other causes.

Depression can be very complex and can stem from truly *damaged* emotional and mental processes. If a person has been in a difficult situation for years, especially formative years, they may have picked up many wounds and harmful mental processes along the way. It can take years of counseling to learn to think and feel in a healthy way. In other words, a wound is a wound. Being wounded is not a sin. Wounds need *medicine*, and the more severe the wound, the more medicine it may need. The medicine for depression can be spiritual counseling, psychological counseling, medication, or a combination.

We cannot fix a damaged arm by confessing that the damage is a sin. We cannot fix wounded mental processes, crippled self-image by focusing more on our sinfulness. If you know that you're a sinner and you have a growing relationship with God, and you still deal with wounds and depression, I suggest trying a book by Henry Cloud. He is realistic in helping people deal with past wounds, experience fully God's love and acceptance, and move on.


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