FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: In 2008, 57.7 million Americans suffered from a serious mental disorder. From major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia to dysthymic disorder and anxiety disorders, mental illness is prevalent in America. Plenty of books have been written to help those who suffer depression, but few are geared towards the family members struggling to love someone who’s depressed. Written by a survivor of depression, author Greg Russ in his new book Help! Someone I Love is Depressed: Practical Insights for those who suffer through bouts of depression and their families, friends, caregivers, and churches (Ambassador International; May 2013; $10.99, paperback) provides practical insights for loved ones of those who are experiencing emotion pain.
“Depression is one of the most misunderstood illnesses in contemporary culture,” Russ writes, “we must listen with our eyes because 80 percent of communication is nonverbal; our hearts sense the emotions behind the words.” How do we love someone who is suffering from depression? Russ provides an inside look at depression to help family members and friends understand what it is like to have this dreaded disease.
After surviving five different episodes of severe depression, Russ understands what depression is. This book provides not only insight in how someone who is depressed thinks, but more effective ways in communicating with that person. Help! Someone I Love is Depressed is filled with scripture, professional mental health opinions, exploring different views, offering practical wisdom and finding God’s role in the daily battle against depression.
About the Author:
Greg L. Russ is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, New Orleans and Fuller Seminaries. At Fuller, He did his doctoral work under the guidance of Dr. Archibald Hart. As God progressively healed Greg’s bouts of depression, he became inspired to befriend and comfort others suffering this dreaded disease. Equipping the church with practical insights, he is hopeful they will join medical practitioners and counselors in becoming part of the healing process.