I've heard it said that the state of Utah has more incidences (per capita)
of depression than any other state in the country. Of course, some anti-Mormons
contribute that to the stress/depression of trying to live the unachievable
'perfect' Mormon life. However, I contend that it could in fact be a
sign of the willingness (in part based on the teachings of the LDS church on the
priceless, instrinsic worth of each human being) on LDS members to seek
help....they know what happiness is, they know they deserve it, those afflicted
know they don't have it so they go get help.Good luck to anyone
afflicted with mental illnesses. From what I understand, it is a very, very
fine line between "healthy" and "unhealthy". I wonder how many
of us would be pleased if the whole world knew the kinds of thoughts that run
across the stage of our consciousness?
"Church...We seem to think, if I pray a little harder, read the Bible a
little more, pull myself up by my bootstraps, fill in the blank, it will go
away; We would never say that to someone who is dealing with breast
cancer."I first tried suicide when I was 14. Depression is very
real, and so much a function of our physical make-up, I wish the medical
community would quit referring to it as a "mental" illness."
Prescription antidepressants never worked more than a couple of years.
Depression always returned. Now in my sixties, I finally found over-the-counter
SAM-e I can buy at any pharmacy. It doesn't work for everyone, but has
changed my life. I know because when I run out, depression returns. When I take
it again, I'm normal. These aren't "happy pills;" they are
normalizing and functioning supplements. My husband and I now plan
to serve a mission together. If you feel suicidal, ask for help.
Yell for help. Most MD's do not have a clue about SAM-e; sometimes you must
do your own research to find a cure, but there IS a cure.
How very tragic such stories are. Even more tragic is the long term impact
seemingly 'harmless' OTC drugs as well as prescription drugs and even
the standard American diet can have on our mental state. Befored taking any
drug at the very least investigate what effect it has on B12 in your body. If
you are lucky enough to have a doctor who understands how to measure
vitamin/mineral/hormonal balances and ratios in the body (vs 'standard
blood test panels') and how to rebalance them naturally you can save a lot
of frustration and worsening mental condition. Good luck finding one of these
doctors, they are rare!