To Our Readers

For someone to encounter difficult circumstances and feel down for a while is one thing. Usually, he or she bounces back, and things return to normal. But when sadness doesn't return to gladness, there's a need and often a yearning for help, a longing to be lifted out of chronic depression.

A prevalent view among medical and psychiatric professionals is that chronic depression has biological roots, and often what they recommend as treatment is some combination of antidepressant drugs and non-drug therapies.

Vicki Turpen—a wife and school teacher—found a very different kind of cure. She was healed of years of depression through Christian Science treatment. Mrs. Turpen explains that her life was usually one of joy and activity, but that she began to sink so low into depression that she didn't want to be alive. The severity of the trouble was as much a shock to her as it was to her husband.

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April 3, 2000

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