Depression

September 29, 2021 09:33 AM MDT
Hannah’s story represents the feelings of many couples in our own day who suffer similar concerns.
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April 15, 2021 05:19 PM MDT
When award-winning journalist Jane Clayson Johnson was in the depths of clinical depression, she didn’t want to talk about it. Feeling embarrassed and ashamed and living her life under the public eye, she wondered what people would think if she revealed her emotional state. But as she started to come out of that and began talking with other people, she began to realize how many people had a similar experience as her.
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September 10, 2020 12:10 PM MDT
Earlier this month, a nationwide study confirmed what many have suspected for some time: the prevalence of depression has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to researchers, symptoms of depression have increased more than three-fold since March. The CDC reported that 40 percent of U.S. adults described experiencing symptoms of depression in June. In a recent segment on mental health produced by WBUR in my hometown, Boston, a researcher suggested that depression spurred by the pandemic could itself become a second pandemic.
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March 11, 2020 05:00 PM MDT
In a new video on the mental health website for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles teaches “those with the greatest need often need the greatest compassion.”
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January 24, 2020 01:53 PM MST
Editor's Note: Our weekly Friday column, “Found in the Footnotes,” explores some of the footnotes from remarks given by General Authorities and general officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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December 31, 2019 09:26 AM MST
More than 12years ago, I read a touching post on a popular blog about everything the writer had done wrong when he first responded to his wife’s depression. Tom and his wife had been married only five years when he wrote the article, but it was filled with insight, hope, and positivity. Among the things he says he got wrong:
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December 10, 2019 09:46 PM MST
In a BYU-Pathway Worldwide devotional, Jane Clayson Johnson shares the importance of speaking up about struggles with mental ilness
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October 11, 2019 12:42 PM MDT
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By  LDS Living
August 26, 2019 02:33 PM MDT
Four months after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL kicker Matt Gay has been featured in his fair share of viral videos from preseason games. No doubt Bucs fans are excited to see Gay in action during the upcoming season.
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July 20, 2019 09:03 AM MDT
This article originally ran on LDS Living in June 2015.
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April 23, 2019 10:19 PM MDT
For many years I have been interested in the relationship between mental health and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe the gospel holds many keys to increasing happiness and decreasing fears. As I’ve started to write about my beliefs to a larger audience, I’ve come in contact with some individuals who often express skepticism about mental health issues being resolved through a deepened understanding of the gospel. They make comments such as:
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March 18, 2019 09:26 AM MDT
Being at church has at times been a major struggle for me. My first major panic attack happened during a Sunday School lesson while I was in college, and the months following that experience I struggled with inexplicable intense anxiety in both church and other social settings. After some time and with the help of therapy, medication, and prayer, church became again a place of peace rather than panic for me. Unfortunately, that anxiety returned full force last summer.
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March 13, 2019 04:31 PM MDT
Isabela’s* depression first manifested as anxiety, hitting during her seventh-grade year of school. Her mom, Luiza,* remembers it coming on suddenly. The only signs that anything was off-kilter masked themselves as the typical worries and changes that accompany the move to middle school and making new friends. One day Isabela seemed fine, the next, “I really felt like her soul had been kidnapped from her,” Luiza says.
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February 22, 2019 10:28 PM MST
At 6 years old, I realized I cared more about the number of times the windshield wipers moved back and forth than I did about the thunderstorm. At 7, I understood germs to be more prevalent than air. At 8, I found it impossible to focus on anything religious because I was counting the number of vowels in a church-talk, tapping my knee in sets of three in order to stave off a serious illness or a catastrophic event that I believed would wipe away my family, and blinking (alternating left and right eyes) seven times when I saw the color black. My rituals each morning sometimes took up to two hours or more, and I often showered at least five times a day, washing my hands a minimum of 100 times per day. But it wouldn’t be until years later that I would be diagnosed with OCD.
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February 21, 2019 01:26 PM MST
While speaking at an LDS Business College devotional, Sister Sue Clark, wife of Elder Kim B. Clark, shared a powerful prompting she received in the middle of the night that helped her seek help for the depression she had been struggling with all her life.
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January 30, 2019 10:02 PM MST
You begin the book with an open and frank exploration of your own harrowing journey through depression. Was that a hard story to tell?
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January 26, 2019 12:40 PM MST
One in four people worldwide will be affected by mental illness or neurological disorders at one point in their lives.
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January 21, 2019 03:47 PM MST
There was a time when Jane Clayson Johnson felt so depressed that she planned her own funeral and secretly searched for a woman to replace her as the wife and mother in her family.
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January 10, 2019 10:59 PM MST
This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of LDS Living magazine.
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January 07, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Missionaries can deal with a slew of issues, and as a parent, sibling, or friend reading and writing letters from afar, you may feel helpless. But you’re not. Check out some ways you can help them with some of these most common struggles, and some prophetic counsel that may help as well.
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By  LDS Living
January 05, 2019 04:00 PM MST
Jane Clayson Johnson interviewed some of the most important newsmakers during her time as a broadcast journalist on network news. She left a job many dream of having to pursue her true dream job of being a wife and mother. However, Johnson’s life took an unexpected turn when she was blindsided by clinical depression. In this week’s podcast, Johnson talks about her new book, Silent Souls Weeping, which draws from her personal experience with depression as well as the experiences of more than 150 people she interviewed for the book.
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December 15, 2018 05:15 PM MST
For many people the Christmas season is exciting and enjoyable as individuals engage in the hustle and bustle of varied festivities, and this is how we hope and want it to be. However, for some the Christmas season increases stress and can amplify feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, loneliness, hopelessness, and even feelings of suicide. Oftentimes it is hard for those who do not deal with mental health struggles to comprehend why a time of year that is supposed to be uplifting and fun can be dark and empty for many.
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November 25, 2018 10:08 PM MST
Early in my career as a psychologist, I worked with a client who suffered from depression. Knowing that depression is primarily fueled by inaccurate, negative thoughts, I set out to help him change his thinking. Each week he would come in with a very pessimistic view of life. I’d tell him to try to focus on the positive. One particular time, he responded by providing a long list of negatives in the world, including widespread poverty, school shootings, dread health crises, pollution, domestic violence, hatred, ethnic genocide, social inequality, etc. He said, “How can I focus on the positive when there is so much negative all around us?” His answer gave me pause. I didn’t know how to respond. Was he actually correct? Were my attempts to get him to “think positive” simply a naïve overlooking of all the drama, death, and injustice that seem to plague the world every day?
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November 15, 2018 01:24 PM MST
The following is part of a transcript for the Deseret News podcast "Therefor, what?" Listen to the podcast below or view the full transcript on deseretnews.com.
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November 09, 2018 03:46 PM MST
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By  LDS Living
September 27, 2018 04:00 PM MDT
Depression is a difficult reality for many people. Maybe you experience it yourself or you know someone who does. Whatever the case may be, we've gathered an assortment of resources with the hope that one or more will be useful to you or those around you who could benefit from further understanding on this important topic.
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August 09, 2018 06:00 PM MDT
With teen depression and anxiety on the rise, it's more likely than ever that missionaries will encounter mental illness in themselves or their companions. For example, between 2005 and 2014, the incident rate for teens experiencing major depressive episodes rose from 8.7 percent to 11.3 percent and 8.8 percent to 9.6 percent in young adults, according to a 2016 article in Pediatrics journal.
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August 09, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
It was a regular Sunday morning in October 2015 as 19-year-old Jacob Pinkston sat with his family waiting for sacrament meeting to start. As the meeting began, his mom, Christine, leaned over to him and asked excitedly, “Do you know who’s on the stand?”
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July 20, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
Throughout my service as a full-time missionary, I was blessed to serve closely with many people who touched my life in unique ways. Many of these individuals faced emotional struggles, like anxiety and depression. One of them was my own companion.
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By  LDS Living
July 03, 2018 06:17 PM MDT
We don't always recognize when someone is struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide. Sometimes, we may even think the opposite: that everything seems to be going their way.
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May 11, 2018 03:21 PM MDT
Working with a collaboration of Christan artists, Paul Cardall released music videos for a new Stone Angel album, Worth of Souls: Songs to Rescue & Restore Faith in Jesus Christ. Performed by over 10 contemporary Christian artists, the album features 13 beautiful songs to uplift and restore peace to troubled hearts.
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April 07, 2018 01:45 PM MDT
In the Bible, there is a story of two disciples who were discouraged and grieved. Their leader and exemplar and friend Jesus Christ had died and they thought he was gone forever. They were walking to a town called Emmaus when a stranger came up to them and they conversed and walked together. The stranger asked what troubled them, and they told them all about the horrific death of their beloved Jesus. The stranger quoted scripture and told them to not worry, that Jesus Christ would rise again. That stranger was Jesus Christ, but as it says in Luke 24:16, "Their eyes were holden that they should not know him."
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By  Debra Coe
March 31, 2018 09:16 AM MDT
The suicide rate among youth in the U.S. continues to rise—especially in Utah. How can we protect the youth in our families and wards? Here is what the experts say.
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December 22, 2017 09:54 AM MST
Anyone who has a loved one who struggles with depression probably knows the feeling of trying to help them but having it seem like everything you say either falls on deaf ears or just makes things worse can leave you at a loss. I hadn’t experienced this feeling until about a year ago when a good friend of mine fell into a deep depression that was pretty uncharacteristic for them. I tried to be compassionate, cheer them up, and tell them I understood, give helpful suggestions—anything that would help them suffer a little bit less. I was at a loss and hated feeling so useless.
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October 06, 2017 04:25 PM MDT
What can you do for someone who is depressed? How can you help? What can you say to them? Well, what if I told you that you won't be able to reason someone out of depression?
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September 16, 2017 02:01 PM MDT
What a powerful message from Alex and Kyle Whittingham: "If you or someone you know suffers from any type of mental illness, don't be afraid to get help. It could save your life, and theirs." "Please, never be afraid to open up. There's always help for you, and there's always people that care."
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September 15, 2017 01:27 PM MDT
For Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Church has published several new articles in Church magazines and updated Church leader training and suicide.lds.org. Here's one powerful message from an article they posted on Mormon Newsroom: "As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have a sacred duty in our congregations and families to reach out to everyone in our communities. We can’t let youth feel isolated or unwanted."
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August 12, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
Latter-day Saints are promised blessings such as peace, strength, and increased spirituality when we attend church regularly and go to the temple often. But for those who live with some form of mental illness, such as anxiety or depression, it is not always easy or comfortable to attend church and go to the temple and feel the effects of those promised blessings.
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June 29, 2017 01:15 PM MDT
This April, for Mental Health Awareness Month, BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum opened up about his struggles with depression and anxiety. "I am not ashamed; on the contrary, I am proud to embrace my own personal journey, accept and love myself—flaws and all. I am grateful to be able to raise my voice and stand up for those who experience similar struggles," Mangum wrote at the time. Since then, his story has been a motivation for many.
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June 20, 2017 07:14 PM MDT
A BYU professor's research is quickly showing just how much mental illness can affect parenting among fathers and the effects that can have on their children.
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June 07, 2017 11:00 AM MDT
Mental illnesses and emotional disorders can be difficult to understand, especially for children who are still learning to identify and understand their emotions. How can parents and leaders help their children to become resilient and learn to cope with difficult emotional issues?
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May 08, 2017 06:16 PM MDT
The following was republished from BYU News.
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By  LDS Living
May 04, 2017 12:13 PM MDT
From his blog to a Church video sharing his own struggle with depression and suicide, Seth Adam Smith has been a strong voice for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
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April 27, 2017 12:04 PM MDT
A new survey focusing on Mormon women and depression found that women who are very active within the LDS Church experience depression less than those who are not very active, a finding which may complicate the stereotypical belief that Mormon women are more depressed than American women.
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April 27, 2017 08:14 AM MDT
Mental illness, in its various causes, forms, and manifestations, ranks high on any list of the ailments that try and torment mankind. In its publication The Global Burden of Disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated, for example, that one form of mental illness, depression, was the fourth most important reported health problem in the developing world in 1990. The WHO predicts that by 2020, depression may rank as the number one health problem in that portion of the globe.
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By  LDS Living
April 05, 2017 03:48 PM MDT
In honor of BYU's Mental Health Awareness Week, Tanner Mangum took to Twitter to share a brave but powerful message, one that will resonate with many members who have experienced depression or anxiety personally or through someone close to them:
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March 20, 2017 01:42 PM MDT
“The whole reason I started Taft was so that I could be with my family more than I would have been,” Kory Stevens said. “I haven’t missed anything in my children’s lives. They know me as well as they know their mom, and that has always been important to me.”
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March 18, 2017 03:00 PM MDT
Often when something goes wrong in our lives, we turn to God to fix it. When we have questions, we turn to God for answers. When we want to do more or be more, we turn to God to make us better. And while those are all incredible beginnings, we forget that's just a beginning.
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February 23, 2017 05:40 PM MST
Within Mormon culture, we seem to have difficulty understanding mental health and depression and knowing how to approach the issue, especially when thinking about the contrast of our mortality and spirituality.
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December 09, 2016 10:13 PM MST
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but for many, it can be a time of intense depression. Seth Adam Smith, author of Marriage Isn't for You and the new novel, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern, shares some of the most helpful LDS resources he's found to help him manage his longtime battle with depression.
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November 14, 2016 07:55 PM MST
Today, I came across a disturbing study published in Pediatrics.
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October 27, 2016 12:08 PM MDT
"There is nothing to be ashamed of." That's what Heather finally realized after years of struggling with depression and receiving an answer to her prayer in a completely unexpected way.
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October 14, 2016 06:50 PM MDT
I hope this brave, honest personal account written by Delisa Hargrove on Mormon Hub can help us all have more empathy and become more mindful of those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts in our families and our wards.
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October 10, 2016 05:00 PM MDT
Ray Kahn used to measure success by a person’s status. However, after experiencing life-altering events, the returned missionary realized that true worth is not just what you have in a bank account.
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October 04, 2016 03:12 PM MDT
This LDS father and husband found the best way he could grieve and remember his wife was by trying to ensure others don't have to experience what his family did.
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September 08, 2016 08:59 PM MDT
Just in time for National Suicide Prevention Month, the Church has created a new web page aimed at supporting those who struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide as well as their family members.
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July 15, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
The “baby blues.” Every mother has heard of them. Some have even experienced them. It’s those weepy days—or weeks—following the birth of your baby.
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June 22, 2016 02:06 PM MDT
The Church recently released a series of new resources on LDS.org for those enduring mental illness. Among them is a video series where members share their powerful, raw stories. This is Jenny's story.
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June 21, 2016 08:10 PM MDT
The Church has added new resources to the Mental Health page on LDS.org, including candid video interviews with members experiencing mental illness and answers to “hard questions.”
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June 20, 2016 02:50 PM MDT
In 2013, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland bravely shared over the pulpit about a time when he struggled with depression. Many throughout the Church remember his inspired talk, "Like a Broken Vessel," and the hope it brought to those who similarly battle depression, whether for a time or on a daily basis.
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