Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., author of “Five Keys to Dealing with Depression,” creates a framework for the reader to identify the key indicators of depression in laymen’s terms. He also provides a list along with an explanation of how certain medical and health conditions can make one susceptible to depression or depression-like symptoms. Jantz employs a “whole person” approach recovery methodology. This approach consist of five aspects: intellectual, emotional, relational, spiritual, and physical. As each aspect of the “whole person” approach is explored, the contrast between balance and unbalance is emphasized.
Throughout this publication, there are sidebars that contain Bible passages with an insert of reassurance of God’s love and promises. Some of these sidebars are used to remind the reader of God’s commandments regarding our conduct as Christians. Scenario based examples are utilized to illuminate patterns, behaviors, frequency, and severity. Jantz suggests a variety of activities to counteract the imbalances. He does not suggest that medication is not an option, but remarks that studies reveal the healing process improves significantly when therapy is accompanied with medication.
I believe the book serves well from a self-awareness perspective. I was disappointed that the sidebars were not expounded upon more. This book is primarily focused on depression and its symptoms with common suggestions to counteract negative behavior. It is not a book on how to deal with depression from a scriptural viewpoint. Any spiritual content utilized is more of a sidebar or afterthought. I believe I would appreciate the book more if there was a marriage of godly principles and common counteractive methods interwoven throughout the book.
This book is ideal for those who may show signs of depression and is useful in identifying key indicators of depression. Because it offers helpful insight it could be used as a resource for supporting those exhibiting behavioral patterns of depression.