Mental Health

September 20, 2022 01:31 PM MDT
“There is hope in purposeful action. It provides us a measure of control, meaning, and determination that is very different from the feelings that come from passively waiting.”
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June 27, 2022 09:10 AM MDT
The word “anxiety” is mentioned only eight times in the Book of Mormon. Four of these times it is used by the prophet Jacob. Looking at his life, it makes sense that he probably experienced anxiety.
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May 26, 2022 09:55 AM MDT
“As you look into the many excellent options available for mental health improvement, please don’t leave the Savior out of this process.”
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May 02, 2022 05:00 AM MDT
Are mental health challenges part of divine design for our growth? Are they effects of choices made by others that afflict our development?
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April 04, 2022 08:29 AM MDT
In talking with friends who are wrestling with their testimonies, I’ve noticed a common concern: They’re not feeling the joy of the gospel.
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In a new video, Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham talks about emotional resilience.
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March 25, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
When Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks, one question frequently comes up: How should one care for their own mental health and emotional well-being?
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March 14, 2022 12:00 PM MDT
“Mental health challenges can impact anyone, regardless of education, geography, faith, calling, or family,” the Church’s website reads.
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March 03, 2022 01:30 PM MST
A wise therapist once told me that life isn’t really about being happy. It’s about finding peace. This lesson struck me with renewed force when I learned the story behind our beloved Latter-day Saint hymn “Where Can I Turn for Peace?”
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February 02, 2022 10:03 AM MST
Global research shows mental health issues in youth have doubled since the pandemic.
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January 07, 2022 07:00 AM MST
Now, more than ever, we need to keep talking about depression and doing things to help those who feel desperately alone. 
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January 06, 2022 10:00 AM MST
When I told my friend we were in the same boat, she balked. And for good reason: no two experiences with mental illness are the same. But I meant it in a number of ways.
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November 17, 2021 01:11 PM MST
When approaching mental health, faith and reason may be a pair of opposite errors, according to BYU professor Daniel K Judd.
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November 11, 2021 12:00 PM MST
In a new video, Steve Young shares his personal experiences with anxiety and mental health challenges as a young man and as an athlete.
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November 10, 2021 12:38 PM MST
When we understand the relationship between Christ's grace and our own good works, religion can positively influence our lives.
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October 20, 2021 09:34 AM MDT
Some may be surprised to learn that Steve Young, San Francisco Forty-Niners quarterback and Super Bowl MVP, suffered with separation anxiety disorder. Here’s how his wrestle with anxiety has shaped his life.
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October 04, 2021 11:59 AM MDT
Elder Erich W. Kopischke spoke candidly about the challenges of mental health and recommended a powerful Church resource.
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March 02, 2021 12:05 PM MST
I was a returned missionary and Relief Society president, and yet I felt miserable, weak, lonely, and convinced of my absolute spot in hell.
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January 05, 2021 08:45 PM MST
This article was originally published by LDS Living in March 2020.
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December 16, 2020 05:58 PM MST
I have been a licensed psychologist for almost 20 years. I often get asked whether I think mental health challenges are on the rise, especially among today’s youth. The answer is complicated and involves a couple of factors: 1) The stigma of mental health concerns is slowly decreasing, creating greater willingness to talk about such issues, and 2) Society has more mental health resources than it has ever had before, particularly in the form of outreach.
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November 24, 2020 11:39 AM MST
Not long ago, I was at Walt Disney World with family. We were in line for one of the more intense attractions at the resort—the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This attraction is housed in a very creepy-looking hotel, full of ghostly sights and sounds. Following an elaborate preshow, you enter a modified elevator where you are strapped into your seat. At some point, in the pitch black and without warning, the elevator car plunges more than 10 stories to the ground, then accelerates up and down the shaft in a frantic motion. The experience is incredible, potentially terrifying, and one of my favorites.
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October 09, 2020 01:09 PM MDT
As a mental health professional whose desire is to help people with mental health concerns, I was dismayed by some of the feedback I received publicly and privately about a recent article of mine that was shared on LDS Living.
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September 29, 2020 01:18 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided wonderful mental health resources in recent years. There is even an entire “mental health” section in the Gospel Library on the Church’s website. The content is excellent, and I encourage you to explore it.
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By  Emily Abel
May 05, 2020 05:01 PM MDT
As part of the Deseret Book Live! series, psychologist and author Wendy Ulrich offered valuable, frank tips on how to stay mentally healthy during COVID-19.
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March 18, 2020 05:00 PM MDT
In the Church video “You Are His Child,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reminds others of God’s unceasing justness and kindness.
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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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February 12, 2020 09:35 PM MST
Oftentimes, it seems that those struggling with mental illnesses have a stigma around them when what they really need is kindness and understanding. In the most recent issue of the Ensign, author Sarah P. Hancock tells her story of her battle with mental illness and how her bishop showed the compassion that she needed.
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By  LDS Living
January 31, 2020 12:00 PM MST
Over the years, the Church has released numerous inspirational videos on a myriad of topics, ranging from overcoming addiction to living with mental illness and most everything in between. These inspired messages are meant to uplift and help individuals persevere through the many challenges and hardships of life.
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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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November 22, 2019 10:00 PM MST
I recently experienced a couple of events that taught me about why some trials persist even though we are working hard to defeat them. Before I tell you about that, I need to provide some background. First, you should know we currently have two children at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg. Second, you should know that we live in Vancouver, Washington, which is about 700 miles from there. Third, I should tell you that I enjoy indoor cycling, which is a specific type of stationary bike—some know it as spinning. Please bear with me while I explain how these things are related.
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October 23, 2019 08:08 AM MDT
Research shows that one in four people across the globe will suffer with some sort of mental disorder at one point or another in their lifetime and that 450 million individuals worldwide are currently dealing with such challenges.
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By  LDS Living
August 06, 2019 07:00 PM MDT
The fight for stable mental health is a difficult battle to take on alone. So, we've compiled a list of resources that give you and those you love a safe place to turn for help and advice.
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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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By  LDS Living
July 15, 2019 10:41 PM MDT
Last Wednesday, the LDS Living Book Club and Deseret Book hosted a fireside and Q&A with BYU English professor and author Spencer Hyde. Spencer has lived with severe OCD his entire life and based the book Waiting for Fitzroughly on his own experiences.
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By  LDS Living
July 02, 2019 04:27 PM MDT
Conversations surrounding mental illness can often feel uncomfortable or potentially too sensitive to discuss. However, now more than ever, people have started to raise their voices about mental illness. Being comfortable talking about these hard topics is extremely beneficial for those dealing with a variety of mental illnesses. When we talk, we improve.
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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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April 02, 2019 02:25 PM MDT
When a couple has a new baby, we instinctively ask the new mother how she is holding up, but how often do we think to ask the new dad how he is coping with the stress of sudden fatherhood?
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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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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 17, 2019 03:00 PM MST
"Getting the help you need is not a sign of weakness or failure. Heavenly Father wants us to be healthy, mentally and physically, and has given us many 'marvelous gifts' to help us cope with the mental and emotional challenges of mortality," writes Dave Clarke.
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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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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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September 22, 2018 01:05 PM MDT
As we begin gearing up for general conference, we will be highlighting past conference talks to help us review, remember, and grow closer to the Spirit so that we can better recognize the Lord's voice and direction this coming October. The following is a small portion of a talk given by Sister Carole M. Stephens in October 2016. (Read the full talk here.)
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September 10, 2018 02:50 PM MDT
Two sister missionaries serving in South Korea are inspiring thousands with a beautiful song they wrote about mental health and suicide.
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July 30, 2018 09:34 AM MDT
In my psychology practice, there are times I’m able to work with members of the Church. They come with the same types of problems that non-LDS clients do: anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, parenting issues, etc. However, because of our shared faith I am often able to use a different approach with the Latter-day Saints than with other clients. I remember one particular client I met with years ago. He was having daily panic attacks and had come in to seek help. Among other things, I inquired regarding his personal spiritual practices, including prayer and scripture study. He said he prayed most days but rarely read from the scriptures. We talked about many other things that day, but I left him with the assignment to study the scriptures daily, focusing on those passages that promised peace.
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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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June 11, 2018 07:06 PM MDT
Anticipating problems can motivate you to perform at a higher level or help you plan ways of coping. But worrying should not take a significant toll. It shouldn’t cost you sleep, distract from work, or lower your self-esteem. If it does, you may be a chronic worrier. Consider the following ways to decrease worry and increase well-being.
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May 04, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
One Sunday, when our 14-year-old son, Brian, attempted to sit through sacrament meeting, he lost control and began making squawking noises. He turned to us in anguish and said, “Do you think people know how hard it is for me to be here? Do they know how hard I try?”
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April 24, 2018 09:49 AM MDT
When I was younger, I remember hearing people say, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” I quickly found that was not the case in every circumstance. One of my childhood friends lived a 20-minute bike ride from my home, which seemed like a long time to me. As I watched the birds fly so speedily, I thought: wouldn’t it be quicker if I could make some wings and fly? I tested a hastily prepared set of cardboard wings on the ground. Thankfully, I did this before executing my ultimate plan to use them to jump from the roof. I quickly discovered I could not do anything I set my mind to, with personal flight via homemade wings being a prime example. The slower bike would have to suffice for my transportation needs.
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