Coping with Depression, Revised and Expanded Edition

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Nineteen million Americans suffer from depression each year


It can strike anyone, and being a Christian does not exempt you. But help is here.


Understanding the ABCs of emotional lifeÃ.•¬"Affect, Behavior, and CognitionÃ.•¬"can shed light on the causes of depression. In this revised and updated edition of Coping with Depression, the authors look carefully at the ABCs, showing how your thoughts affect the way you feel and describing how each dimension is linked with depression. They balance the spiritual dimension of approaching depression with the most recent scientific research and offer highly practical and proven strategies for coping.


If you suffer from depression or know someone who does, you will find encouragement and help in this reassuring book.


"In this easy-to-read book, Tan and Ortberg educate and edify. They build on state-of-the-science understanding, state-of-the-treatment tips from therapy, and state-of-the-spirit nurture of the whole person. The result: an educational and uplifting book to guide people out of depression."--Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D., Chair of Psychology, Virgina Commonwealth University, author of Forgiving and Reconciling

"Coping with Depression is a spiritually sensitive, scientifically informed, and highly practical resource for people struggling with depression and those who would seek to understand and help them. It offers biblically sound wisdom and is full of the best current information on depression and its treatment."--Stanton L. Jones, Ph.D., Provost, Wheaton College

"Tan and Ortberg have written an exceptionally comprehensive yet readable book on managing depression. The combination of clinical wisdom and biblical insight will be most helpful to anyone struggling with depression or to those working with them. After years of teaching pastoral counseling, this text was a perennial student favorite--and the second edition is even better!"--C. Jeffrey Terrell, Ph.D., president, Psychological Studies Institute

"If depression is the 'common cold' of the emotional life, then this volume reveals the cure. With this concise guide, Tan and Ortberg unravel the complex theories, research finding, and treatments for depression. Writing with a strinking blend of compassion and authority, the authors guide us into the dark chamber of clinical depression and then show us to the exits. The authors clearly describe how depression can be effectively managed and overcome with a rich mix of emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual tools. Combining state-of-the-art psychological interventions with biblical wisdom, this book is certain to become a source of insight and change for the many souls among us needlessly bearing the burden of depression."--W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology, United States Naval Academy

The Authors

  1. Siang-Yang Tan

    Siang-Yang Tan

    Siang-Yang Tan (PhD, McGill University) is senior professor of clinical psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, senior pastor emeritus of First Evangelical Church Glendale in Southern California, and the author of numerous books, including Lay...

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  2. John Carl Ortberg Jr.

    John Carl Ortberg Jr.

    John Ortberg (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is the best-selling author of The Life You've Always Wanted and If You Want to Walk on Water You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. He serves as a teaching pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in...

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