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A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression Paperback – May 15, 2007
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storm of teen depression
By Gary E. Nelson
A Review by Pat Sullivan, Editor Healing Magazine, [...]
Gary Nelson chronicles his son's fight against depression and how they joined together as a family to bring Tom back. Gary is a minister turned pastoral counselor who provides interfaith counseling youth with problems very much like his son's, which makes he situation even more poignant as one reads about Tom's slide downward into a depression that nearly took the young man's life.
Gary wrote this wonderful little book for teens, parents, teachers, counselors and pastors in hopes of teaching them the signs and how to help them bring other youth from the brink of deep, deep depression.
Tom had been a normal kid who played baseball very well and had many friends. Around the time he entered high school, he started pulling away from the friends and activities he had previously loved and began feeling "sick" and unable to attend school. He spent more and more time in his room and literally days in bed, and he would have fits of rage during which he would throw things into his walls and ceiling, one day almost shattering his bedroom door. He left the baseball team in anger over criticism by the coach and withdrew from all of his friends. Eventually he came to realize that something was wrong, but he had no control over it. He described it to his parents as "feeling like he was being beaten
from the inside." His sleep patterns changed, he was irritable and angry a lot of the time and was unable to focus on schoolwork, sports or relationships with his friends and families. It was perhaps harder for Gary to watch considering that he was a counselor himself yet unable to reach his own son.Read more ›
Although many books have been written on parenting teens, Gary's book is unique in that he speaks to the issue from the point of view of pastor, therapist, and perhaps most importantly: father of a depressed teen. In this book, originally titled, "Just Keep Loving Them," Gary opens up the doors of his own home and family history, and allows us to see the painful, yet ultimately redemptive, journey that he and his family took with his oldest son, Tom.
Tom became depressed and school phobic in his early adolescence, and he and his family suffered through years of efforts to help him with his depression before he ultimately found his way out of the dark night of the soul that he was experiencing. Gary's approachable style and unflinching honesty allows the reader a look into the world of loving parents, trying desperately to help their beloved son, having to hold onto only faith and that, surely, please God, this ordeal must have some healing at the end of the journey.Read more ›
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The book was good. I enjoyed hearing about the author's son. And then the book abruptly stopped. I thought I was going to get some advice and help. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alice Ruth
Reading the story of this family's journey with depression is helping me strategize ways to walk side by side with friend and family.Published 7 months ago by Margaret E. Moore
Dealing with depression in my teen son, I was searching for resources. I needed to better understand depression and how to help him. Read morePublished 16 months ago by polzmama
This book is such a beautifully accurate description of life with teen struggling with depression and other illnesses. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Fallon pollard
This book was just what I was just what I was looking for. Information on teen depression. Tells the story of his sons battle with depression and gives good advice to parents of... Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by Chris B
We bought this book in the midst of a family storm and Mr. Nelson's words were exactly what we needed to hear to make us feel like we aren't alone in this trial. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by W. Willard
Recommended for any parent struggling with a depressed teenager and doubting themselves and their parenting. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by lauren
Great insight from a parent who has dealt with teen depression. The best advice given was to just keep loving them. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by KSH @ WV
I have dear friends whose teenage daughter is experiencing deep depression. This book helped me learn about depression and how it affects families. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Mimi Me