By Laurie Winslow Sargent:
Moving Beyond Depression
I’m pleased to recommend the book Moving Beyond Depression by Gregory L. Jantz, PH.D. with Ann McMurray (Forward by Abram Hoffer, Publisher: Shaw Books).
This book offers hope and help for those of you who struggle with depression. Here’s some information about the book, from the back cover:
“You may feel as if you will never find a way out of the darkness of depression. Gregory L. Jantz, Ph. D., believes that because people’s paths into depression are uniquely their own, their paths out of depression will be unique as well. In Moving Beyond Depression, he takes an insightful and honest look at the emotional, environmental, relational, physical and spiritual causes of the disease. Here you will find practical help that will lead you to true freedom.”
Author Dr. Jantz is founder and executive director of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., which treats people in the Seattle area for mental health illnesses and chemical dependency. His co-author, Ann McMurray, is a freelance writer who has assisted Dr. Janz with various book projects.
At the beginning of this book is a list of symptoms of depression. Some are called Yellow Indicators: signs of depression which could lead to deeper depression. Following that are Red Indicators. If you are struggling with any of the following indicators, we recommend that you get help as soon as possible.
Red Indicators of Serious Depression
- a significant change in appetite, lasting longer than two weeks, resulting in either marked weight loss (if not dieting) or weight gain
- recurring disturbances in sleep patterns for longer than two weeks, resulting in difficulty falling and staying asleep or sleeping too much
- increased agitation or inability to relax for an extended period of time (more than two weeks)
- fatigue, lethargy, or loss of energy for an extended period of time (more than two weeks)
- sadness, despondency, despair, loneliness, or feelings of worthlessness for an extended period of time (more than two weeks)
- inability to concentrate, focus, or make decisions, recurring over a period of time (more than two weeks)
- recurring thoughts of death or suicide
- plans for a suicide or an attempt at suicide
We will be excerpting additional material from Moving Beyond Depression for our site, but if you are in danger at this moment of taking your own life, we urge you to call a suicide prevention hotline.
If you are experiencing these Red Indicators and are contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
We hope too that you will find other articles here on our site that will help you and encourage you to keep on going. We care deeply about every person who visits our site and. Although you are anonymous to us, we lift you up in our prayers.
For more information about Dr. Janz and help for depression, visit www.aplaceofhope.com.
Here’s an excellent video with Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, on Depression from Seasonal Affective Disorder: