If you have come to the Surviving Depression Conference, you are most likely wondering if “surviving” depression is possible for you or someone you know. Perhaps you are grasping at one more glimmer of hope that your or another’s depression might be lifted. It is estimated that one in ten Americans today meet the criteria for recurring depression, and almost half of these meet the criteria for major depression. Major depression is the number one psychological disorder in the western world. At the rate of increase of instances of depression that we are seeing today, particularly among the young, by 2020 depression will be the second most debilitating disease in the western world.
In this Conference I speak from my own experience of depression and vulnerability after having experienced a stroke, as well as from sharing the journeys of many others suffering with depression in illness, divorce, chronic pain, and scruples. Many long years of emotional instability provided the sanctuary where I slowly could learn the deepest treasures of faith as this blessed gift enlightened and consoled and strengthened me. It is this gift that I seek to share with you in this Surviving Depression Conference, and the gift I believe you most want to receive.