'You're not alone': At Herriman screening, help and hope promised in the fight against teen angst

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  • TrinaLDuerk South Jordan, UT
    June 1, 2018 10:46 a.m.

    I was able to attend the screening as well with my daughter who has been diagnosed with anxiety (she's the one quoted in the article). We have been receiving counseling for over a year so for us, the film spoke volumes! We still have so much to learn.

    Thank you for those involved in feeling the inspiration to produce it and thank you to DN for sponsoring it!

    Everyone has different triggers, so for many, they can address is and hopefully overcome it, but for many others, they are left to wonder what is wrong and trudge through daily not knowing or feeling helpless that they are alone in the struggle. Please know, there is help, you are not alone, you are the not the only one facing these challenges.

    Blaming seems to be what makes people feel better, work, school, family, social activities, but know that the cause can run deeper. Pointing the finger does not help anyone.

    Can we not come together and help each other instead of trying to lay the blame on what may or may not be the cause? Do me a favor today, reach out to someone by smiling, complimenting them or just thanking them, for no reason, you have no idea what that might do for them. #kindnessstartswithme

  • NeilT Ogden, UT
    June 1, 2018 8:15 a.m.

    Blaming the LDS church for anxiety and depression. Doesn't even deserve a reply.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    May 31, 2018 2:43 p.m.

    If you are a member of a classically conditioned organization, controlling nearly every facet of your life, eventually things begin to unravel about the time you are a mid-to late teen.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    May 31, 2018 1:49 p.m.

    Although it is only anecdotal evidence, I personally know several people whose clinically diagnosed anxiety and depression subsided after they left the LDS Church. Much "generalized anxiety" is social anxiety, and much depression is the result of "hopelessness". Both of these are facilitated by weekly (and more often) meetings with other Latter-day Saints where people are frequently guilt-ed, told how they "should" be living their lives, and compared to others in what amounts to a righteousness competition.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    May 31, 2018 1:10 p.m.

    While we didn't attend the meeting we appreciate all the good that seems to be coming from it and the people who helped organized it.

    Teenagers are not the only ones suffering from angst-it is a societal level issue. While there are not simple answers to each person, there are some clear causes for all of us to guard against.

    Has there ever been more stimuli in any nations's history? From too much sugar, caffeine, illegal drugs and enthusiastic doctors willing to dole out opioids like candy, to electronics that stream on line, apps, cable, etc., with epidemic levels of the worst kind putrid "entertainment".

    How many parents use and guard their kid's mobile devices with effective passwords or do the kids have complete access to everything on the web? It is estimated that teens look at their cell phones 75 times a day. During church services, look around and see how many people of all ages are engrossed in sending that all important text.

    In our society, we need to defeat angst, but it's very clear that in Utah we con't guard against it, we embrace it.

  • Melis Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2018 12:40 p.m.

    We attended last nights screening of Angst and loved it! Wish we would have had all this information with our older children and what a different high school experience we would have had with them. As we watched the movie it helped answer so many questions and gave us insight to be able to identify anxiety moving forward in our family. Thank you! I think this film would be so helpful to parents and teachers of any school age children. I certainly found it invaluable! Thank you again for hosting this film.