Depression, Anxiety, and Other Things We Don't Want to Talk About

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A pastor and licensed psychotherapist himself suffering from depression and anxiety takes on the relationship of mental health and faith while addressing the role of self-care, compassion, and restoration.

Everyone knows someone who suffers from anxiety, depression, or another form of mental illness, but a stigma around mental health remains--especially in the church. Ryan Casey Waller--pastor, therapist, and cosufferer--has experienced firsthand the jarring dissonance of wrestling with mental health while trying to maintain a vibrant Christian faith. It can be a discouraging, lonely battle. But it doesn't have to be.

In this book, Waller emphasizes that mental health issues are not a symptom of a spiritual failing or insufficient faith; rather, suffering is the very thing our Savior seeks to heal as he leads us toward restoration. Combining practical theology, clinical insights, and deep compassion, Waller invites readers to

  • see why we need conversations in the church about mental health and how to have them;
  • discover why seeking knowledge about one's self is critical to growing deeper in relationship with God;
  • understand the basics of brain health, the intersection of biology and spirituality, and why emotional intelligence deserves more attention;
  • learn practical steps such as how to find a therapist, distinguish between a psychiatrist and a psychologist, and afford treatment; and
  • become equipped to support loved ones with mental illness while promoting healthy self-care
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