Author(s): Bernadette Stankard, Amy Viets
Depression has been called 'the common cold of mental illness.' Millions suffer every year, and those who do have parters, families and jobs -multiplying the effects until almost no-one is untouched by this debilitating illness. But help is possible - Dancing in the Dark is filled with suggestions, opportunities for reflection and up-to-date resources for everyone whose life is affected by the depression of another. The authors offer compassionate wisdom and parctical assistance based on years of study and personal experience.
Bernadette Stankard: Bernadette Stankard and her husband, Ed, have been married for forty years, half of which was spent dealing with Ed's depression. Through his perseverance and their commitment as a couple, they have grown into good health together, realizing the gift of life they share, which could have been lost. Bernadette is the author of several books and gives presentations to schools, churches, and businesses on creativity, multiple intelligences, and living with depression. Amy Viets: Amy Viets knows firsthand what it means to live with depression: she and her husband, Bruce, struggled through twelve years of marital, emotional, and financial strain as they searched for an effective combination of therapy and medication. Now, with Bruce's return to health and the rebuilding of their relationship, she is helping others survive the darkness of depression in their spouses. A former elementary school teacher, Amy is now the Director of Children's Ministry for a large Lutheran congregation in Overland Park, Kansas. Her articles and essays have appeared in a number of religious and parenting publications.