PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS.
This podcast mainly focuses on the mental illness of Depression, but the information shared can apply to any form of mental illness.
And although this podcast focuses on mental illness in the realm of the LDS culture and the stigmas that come into play there, the things that they talk about can apply to society as a whole, regardless of your religion.
"A majority of us will be affected by depression. Either having depression ourselves, or being around family or friends who are suffering from depression and so it becomes all of our problem...we as a society have to dispel the myths."
3 Myths of Mental Illness (in regards to the LDS Culture)
1. All mental illness is caused by sin.
2. Someone is to blame for mental illness.
-Although there are certain cases, such as abuse, where the mental illness was triggered because of something that was done by someone else.
3. The only thing that people with mental illness need is a priesthood blessing.
-Heavenly Father has blessed us with some very smart people who have discovered very helpful medications. Those
medications when taken in combination with a priesthood blessing can oftentimes be exactly what that person
4. Mentally ill persons just lack will power.
and get the best medical care available.
So too with emotional disorders.
Our Father in Heaven expects us to use all of the marvelous gifts
He has provided in this glorious dispensation."
-Jeffrey R. Holland
"I assure you that Latter-Day Saints are in no way exempt from the burden of mental illness either as a victim, caregiver, family member, or friend. In every ward and stake there are severely depressed
(and might I add, anxious) men and women."
Let's work together to help each other, no matter what the trial may be. We all have 'em. So let's get to work and lift each other up, shall we?