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Published: Thursday, Jan. 16 2014 10:05 p.m. MST

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Gasman
Yuma, AZ

@ LDS Liberal

People have been doing these things for years. Possibly more now than before, possible the media gies more coverage to these tragic events.

Depression is horrible as you know, if what you say is correct. I suffer MDD and am suicidal,the meds are what have kept me alive and given me a decent quality of life. Hopefully, some day I'll get off them. It takes a patient Dr. and time to find the right combination.

Yes, I too am LDS and believe that God gives us knowledge and technology to help with these situations. I recall Elder Holland speaking on this subject. Blessings alone did nothing for me. Doing what I could, and then receiving blessings has made all the difference in the world.

We are all different, but bring on the conspiracy theories. Remember, when these evil drug corporations have killed us all off, they have no one left to make a profit from.

Anonyme
Orem, UT

LDS Liberal said, “Care to give a good solid explanation for the increase of these sad situations then?” Do you care to give any reliable data to prove that a) “sad situations” are increasing and b) this situation was the result of an adverse reaction to an antidepressant? I'll save you some time with the latter: no, you can't and it's none of our business anyway.

“The warning is obvious.” Are you referring to the black box warning? Because it also says that there is no evidence of an increased risk of suicide for antidepressant use in adults older than 24 years of age. Why aren't you using that as support for your arguments? The same science which informed the decision to create the warning for increased risk of suicide in children and young adults also informed the information about no increased risk in adults. You don't get to cherry-pick which part of the warning you believe.

“It only effects 3% of the population.” What is “it,” and where are you getting that number?

Christmas Carole
LAS CRUCES, NM

@Gasman
AMEN!I too appreciated Elder Hollands talk MUCH!

@LDS Liberal
Hon, I'm not saying meds are for everyone...I AM saying that we ALL have diff body chemistry and that with close medical supervision the best med can be found. If all those you knew(and I'm very sorry for your loses) were on meds then I would strongly speculate that there were preexisting symptoms...therefore some intervention was needed. Yes, the WRONG med can have an adverse effect. I GUARANTEE that NO intervention is worse, by far, than trying to find a help, including meds. I have familial genetic predisposition to depression. Many of my forefathers self medicated....WITH ALCOHOL!! I appreciate GREATLY being able to live a normal life with meds and am very grateful I live in a time when they are available...

Anonyme
Orem, UT

LDS Liberal, I've read D&C 89. I've also read more recent LDS teachings about health and medicine. From a 2005 Ensign article entitled “Myths about Mental Illness” by Elder Alexander B. Morrison: “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 a March 1990 Ensign article: “Several types of antidepressant medications have proven helpful and can be obtained through medical consultation. These forms of medication do not typically produce dependencies and can be life-saving drugs to some people.”

From the Church's Missionary Preparation Manual: If a person is suffering or has suffered with an emotional illness (such as depression, anxiety, or obsessive compulsive behavior), then preparing for a mission may include seeking professional treatment and perhaps medication. Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles counseled: “Missionary work is extremely demanding. If you have emotional challenges that can be stabilized to meet the rigors of a full-time mission, you can be called. It is vital that you continue to use your medication during your mission or until competent medical authority counsels otherwise.”

Serious
Rexburg, ID

I have take a daily antidepressant for about 2.5 years and it has been life changing for the better!

SuziQ
Springville, UT

hink that the pictures tell the troubling story of why tragedies like this occur. The face to the world and even close friends looks happy, but somewhere inside there is another feeling going on that is unexpressed to others and hidden from everyone's view. The only way to try to prevent these tragedies is for people to start dealing with feelings in a better way. First, we need to acknowledge that mental illnesses need to be taken seriously and not judged. This might help those who struggle reach out for help. Second, we need to be aware of those around us who may struggle and try to help them deal with their feelings and thoughts in a productive way. This may work for some and not others. Third, you may need to encourage someone to turn to professional help. Fourth, maybe we as a society need to teach our children how to deal with stress and disappointment a little better so they aren't so fragile emotionally and easily depressed. We all need to dig a little deeper and stop glossing over the surface. Maybe that will help some off the edge and onto safer ground.

BU52
Provo, ut

There is a lot of "magic thinking" that goes on in the mind of the mentally distressed. Trying to figure out the reasons after the fact is all just speculation.

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