Episode 078 – Dr. Michelle Bengtson wrote Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression to share her personal journey and help others.

Show Overview

  • Dr. Michelle Bengtson is a neuropsychologist, meaning she assesses brain behavioral relationships, and makes diagnosis of different conditions of the brain. In her spare time, she writes and speaks. Her new book, Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression is for those suffering from depression, their families and those wanting to help them – and those who are struggling with the lies they believe about their self worth. Overall, one in four adults are likely to experience depression in their lifetime. Hope Prevails comes from Michelle’s personal experience with depression and her training as a neuropsychologist and finding what she was prescribing for her patients didn’t fully work for her. This led to the discovery of the spiritual component to resolving depression. She confesses the book was gut wrenching to write. It’s written as a prescriptive rather than a memoir, with parts of her story thrown in – from a doctor’s perspective. Hope Prevails not only helps those with depression, but anyone working through difficult times and struggles in their lives. She shares her honest struggle with writing book proposals. Finally, Michelle shares from her heart as she talks about challenges and obstacles to writing, and how being vulnerable in her depression story has brought hope and healing to others.


  • Nonfiction book and blogger

My Books

My Writing Obstacles

  • Finding time to write is my biggest obstacle. With a full-time private practice and a busy family, that’s a challenge. The other thing is fear. Fear of will it resonate with anybody, will it get rejected, what will people say. Fear is terrible.

My Writing Motivation

  • I don’t want to write just for the sake of writing. I want to write to help someone. Knowing I had only so many hours in a day to help people, I realized the book could reach more people than I could possibly reach otherwise.

What I Love Most About Writing

  • I love communicating my story in a way that resonates with people so that you hear “me too.” There’s such power in the words me too.
I love communicating my story in a way that resonates with people so that you hear me too. @DrMBengtson #HopePrevails Click To Tweet

My Most Difficult Writing Challenge

  • Making myself get started. Once I get started, I don’t want to stop.

My Most Rewarding Moment as an Author

  • It was when a reader emailed me and said had they read the book 20 years earlier, they would have not attempted suicide.

The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received

  • Write every day. Just sit down and even when you don’t know what to write just start writing and it will come.

Key Thought

  • You cannot be a good writer if you’re not reading.
You cannot be a good writer if you’re not reading. @DrMBengtson #HopePrevails Click To Tweet

My Best Advice for Struggling Writers

  • Join a critique group. I joined a couple of critique groups and they helped shape my writing, encouraged me, and gave positive and negative feedback. We also need the accountability. Listen with an open mind and open heart to what they have to say – and take their feedback.

What Writing Success Means to Me

  • To me, being successful means being obedient to write whatever God has placed on your heart. And being vulnerable enough to share what God has put on your heart.

My Favorite Book on Writing

The Author That Inspires Me

  • Nicholas Sparks because he does such a good job of getting inside womans’ minds and communicating their feelings. He does such a good job of showing and not telling, and communicating emotion. It’s brilliant.

How To Find Me

About Dr. Bengtson from Her Amazon Author’s page

  • Author, speaker and board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother, and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief – even in the middle of the storm.
  • Dr. Bengtson is the author of Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression. Her personal experience and professional expertise reveal the unseen issues that keep others chained in despair while handing readers the keys to freedom. Even though someone may seem hostage to depression, it never has to be the final destination.

From My Perspective

  • The From My Perspective segment of the show talks about NANOWRIMO – where writers write a novel in 30 days. If you are participating this year, or have in the past, and have a unique story to share about his this helped you become published, please send me an email. To learn more about NANOWRIMO, check out the organization’s website. It could be your opportunity to be interviewed for an episode of the podcast.

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