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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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davs
KANAB, UT

I have suffered from chronic depression all my adult life. There are family members who share this same fate and also manic depression along with obsessive compulsion disorder. We have been called lazy in the least and crazy at the worst. There has been a lot of divorce in my family because of these mental illnesses. Becoming educated about your particular type of illness is very important. Having your spouse, siblings, children, etc attend some counseling sessions to learn about your disease is very important. Life can be very good (even with a mental disorder) once you know what to look for and how to best treat your illness. Support from loved ones is crucial.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

The cure, imo, lies in trusting God, and following His council to be cheerful and rejoice. I used to think that was impossible, or asking more than I could do, but it isn't.

Lorenzo Snow believed, when he was depressed, in finding someone worse off and helping them. What also works for many, including myself, is to work on a desired project. That always cheers me up after the first hour or so.

Prayer also, when humble and faithful and sustained, has sometimes given miraculous relief.

Tell me I'm wrong but my depression is the same as yours and the solutions are the same in my opinion. Try it; doctors have nothing better than this.

archemeedees
Tooele, UT

I am currently struggling with rather severe postpartum depression. But I am learning that depression affects even the righteous. I may not feel good for doing good but I know that I will come out of this with God's help. It is always when I have hit enough despair to drive me to my knees and vocal prayer that I find relief, and I am finding God and relief through my suffering.

Anonyme
Orem, UT

Gildas said, "Tell me I'm wrong, but my depression is the same as yours and the solutions are the same in my opinion. Try it; doctors have nothing better than this."

Gildas, you're wrong. In October general conference Elder Holland said, “Everyone is going to be anxious or downhearted on occasion. . . . But today I am speaking of something more serious, of an affliction so severe that it significantly restricts a person’s ability to function fully, a crater in the mind so deep that no one can responsibly suggest it would surely go away if those victims would just square their shoulders and think more positively.”

The LDS Church encourages professional help—that means doctors—for depression. From an October 2005 Ensign article, “Myths about Mental Illness”: “During the past 40 years numerous medications have been developed by the multinational pharmaceutical industry. These products have proven of inestimable worth to millions.” From an April 2002 New Era article, “Rising above the Blues”: “Treatments for depression often involve a combination of therapy and antidepressant medications.”

Anonyme
Orem, UT

Further, from an August 2004 Ensign article, “When Your Child Is Depressed”: “It is important to recognize that chronic depression is a specific illness that often requires intervention just like diabetes or pneumonia. Fortunately, it is highly treatable, and most individuals respond well to a combination of spiritual and social support, medication if necessary, and therapeutic guidance”

Sometimes you have to take care of yourself before you can give service to others: “Treatment, including counseling or medication or both, often reduces or relieves mood disorders, making missionary service possible” (March 2007 Ensign).

oldcougar
Orem, UT

Gildas, please reconsider your comments. As Anonyme said, you are wrong...at least partially. Your advice will not help someone who is sick, but may, in fact, contribute to their pain and discouragement. No one would ever tell someone with cancer or heart disease to not seek help from a doctor. Nor should we give such advice to someone suffering from mental illness.

Will faith, prayer, and service help? Of course. But seeking medical help and counseling will also facilitate wellness and joy.

Big Joe V
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I like the authors attitude of proactive recognition and personal choice to deal with mental illness. With my clinical depression I view it as a beast that is always there to devourer my life. When it does it is riding me into the ground. When I was diagnosed (50 years of age)and began treatment I have struggled to climb on top of the beast and ride it. I am not always successful, but I am open to experiment (risk) modifying my thinking, habits, etc. to live a stable life. No two people are the same and each individual's treatment is a different combination of therapy, medication, and environment. God bless those who struggle and those who care for them.

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

Someone once told me they suspected I had a condition known as OCPD. While never professionally diagnosed as such, I looked it up in the DSM (the 'bible' of psychological illnesses) and I fit the description perfectly. It is not as severely crippling (at least not in an obvious manner) as OCD, but it causes me grief, nonetheless.

I greatly appreciate the first bullet listed in the 'things to understand' portion of the article....."it's not your fault your brain is wired less than perfect".

I'm grateful for this woman's courage to write about her issues and hope and pray for everyone involved in these excruciating trials within the temporary 'prisons' of the mind.

J.D.
Aurora, CO

This is a major concern in the state of Utah, where prescription drug use is the highest in the nation. Much of those are rxs for depression.

RDJntx
Austin, TX

@ archemeedees Hopefully you are getting some professional help as well. it is critical to overcoming PPD. My now ex-wife had severe PPD after the birth of our daughter. Hers was exacerbated by some other issues and they fed off each other and only became worse over time till she sought professional help.

PPD lies in hormal changes and imbalances that occur during pregnancy and do not correct themselves after the bith the way they should. While God can lend a hand and certainly ease the way, He helps those most who help themselves. God does not intend for us to suffer altho when we do suffer, I beleive he will help us through it.

This article has some very valid points. Not the least of which is getting professional help and being 100% honest with your threrapist. He cannot help get you fixed if he is only told part of the story

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