We live in a day when mental illness seems to have a little less stigma than it
used to. It's still there, but with the education,the outreach, and the
medical advances that have taken place, it has diminished. But someone who has
such illnesses can feel isolated as society moves around them. They may have
broken dreams from youth that they know they probably will never meet.
They can be in denial or fully aware of their illness. They may take
their medications or they may think they don't need them. Or they may feel
better when they take them, and therefore assume they no longer need them.
Getting help from a competent doctor or psychiatrist is crucial. Also, getting
counseling from a competent therapist with an understanding of, and a sympathy
towards, gospel values can help significantly. The gospel of Jesus Christ can
be a wonderful part of healing if the individual will pray for relief and seek
The author is right. The mentally ill need kindness and love. Almost without
exception, every soul that comes into this world will respond in some positive
way (either noticeably or just inwardly) to kindness and love. Being the
caregiver is a daunting task, and can range from inconvenient, to difficult ,to
heart-wrenching, to impossible for laymen, depending on the nature and degree of
mental illness. But remember, to the Lord, there are no “throwaway”
souls. Though the mentally ill may be at the bottom of human society, they
won’t be ill forever. In the hereafter they will be free of their
illnesses and we will see them as they are. And just as importantly, so will
I agree that those suffering from emotional problems need support and
professional counseling. However, they need to be discouraged from taking
antidepressants, particularly th SSRIs such as Prozac, Zolofft, and Luvox.
They can make people suicidal and homicidal. The shootings at high schools in
Columbine and Springfield, Oregon had those drugs as a root cause. Children
taking Adderal and Ritalin have died from cardiac arrest. Antipsychotics, such
as Zyprexa and Risperdal, cause weight gain and diabetes. Please go to the
I am divorcing my wife who has BPD because she has worn me out emotionally,
physically, and spiritually. You can only do what you can in some cases and then
you have to move on to save yourself. I have clinical depression and it is not
compatible. I poured my soul into her problems, but it seemed a game to see how
far she much she could throw at me emotionally and suck out of me emotionally.
Ant it is sad because she can't control it.
As someone who suffered from a dibilitating mental/emotional illness as a young
adult I remember being shocked at how dark my life had become, exactly like
standing in the center of a cave when they turn the lights out. You are afraid
to move and easily disoriented. I did not know such darkness existed. Everything
I had been taught and believed as a child about God and religion abandoned me:
God is always there, comfort reading scriptures, attending church, praying, etc.
I remember deciding that I would continue to attend church, pray
and read my scriptures even though I often felt condemned and very angry. I
leaned heavily on loved ones around me. Slowly, as I got help, the darkness
began to fade.It is now over 20 years since I was sick. I am so glad
I made the decision to stubbornly continue to hold on to the gospel and thankful
for the strength of those who loved me. My understanding of exactly how God
fulfills his promises has changed and I am stronger & more resiliant for it.
My life since then has been happy and successful, largely due to the lessons I
learned during that awful time.
@sthomaslewis. There is a world of treatment with medication and therapy
that over shadows your point of view. Don't ever council someone the stop
taking their medication or against seeking help to receive medically prescribed
treatment. The biggest hurdle to help for those with psychiatric problem is
still the stigma that exists which is the point of the article. There are mental
conditions that you never get over. Bi-polar, clinical depression, and others.
Just like someone with certain diabetes it is a life sentence with no days off.
Don't ever propose someone stop their psychiatric meds nor more than to
tell a diabetic to stop theirs.
That talk was a breath of fresh air after 20+ years of dealing with it in our
family...and the devasting affects it has on the spouse and the kids. No one
ever knows what to expect...and my spouse refused the diagnoses and the drug
forms of help...with "there is nothing wrong with me". In its place, my
spouse would only take natural remedies...NONE of which worked...and we spent up
to $15,000 per year for them. I must say the Q96 product holds hope but never
could get my spouse to try it. Disappearances, temper tantrums, threats against
the kids, activities outside marital vows, secret life, physical threats that
were carried out a few times by my spouse, threats to put all the kids in reform
schools for standing up to my spouse when SHE was caught in the wrong, secret
everything with locks & secret spy cameras on all computer activity...the
list goes on and on.
@Big Joe V Do not ignore the warnings of sthomaslewis. This information is
correct yet far worse. It is only true that depression and mental illness can
take years to overcome if you place your trust in the arm of flesh rather than
the Savior. I see people overcome these things quickly without drugs. But
knowing how to withdraw from them safely is absolutely crucial.For
almost two decades I have worked very closely with one of two scientists, Dr.
Candace Pert, who made antidepressants possible and greatly regretted this
voicing her concerns over their safety and calling antidepressants
"monsters" while encouraging patients to turn to diet and exercise
instead - our own Word of Wisdom? Candace was highly respected and served as
Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry of the Clinical Neuroscience Branch
of the National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH)for 13 years.I have
been testifying as an expert witness in criminal cases involving these drugs
since 1992. And Candace sat on my Board of Directors until her death last fall.
She and I both would tell you that you can overcome any of the health issues,
mental or physical, you listed above, without drugs.
For many the difference between a "life" and living homeless on the
street is a strong family or friend support system. Having a son with mental
illness (who has an angel for a wife) makes me realize that the only difference
between many of the homeless on the street and my son is the support system he
has. He has a great faith in God and Christ, but that alone is not enough. He
and countless others need kind loving people around them to be a support and not
a "judge". The movie "A Beautiful Mind" changed my son's
life. It helped him accept who he is and not let the disease control his life.
Early on a police officer almost ended my son's life by not understanding
the condition. Had my wife and I not been there at the time I don't think
my son would be with us today. If I had not stood between the office and my son,
he would have been shot. The key to success is realizing it is the disease and
not the person and have great compassion and understanding.
@ AnnSome may interpret your statement that you "can"
overcome mental illness without drugs to mean that EVERYONE who uses exercise
and diet WILL overcome their malady and that NO ONE who uses drugs will have a
positive result.As an experienced expert witness, I'm sure
you're aware that experts who insist on testifying to absolutes (e.g.
everyone, no one) are not credible with juries...juries have enough life
experience to discredit "one size fits all" theories.What
about patients whose conditions persist after a diet and exercise regimine? Are
medications never an option? Regardless of severity? Everyone who
undertakes any treatment program (including prescription medication and
diet/exercise) should do so after examining the alternatives, with their eyes
wide open to the fact no treatment is infallible and may have side effects.Patients and their caregivers (guardians) are well-served to objectively
examine all options, continue with those that prove most effective for them and,
above all, remember "results may vary."
@Ann Blake-TracyPlease never tell people to stop taking prescribed
medication unless you are a qualified professional. Diet and exercise is not the
one stop cure for mental illness. Telling people to live the word of wisdom
while praying really hard is very dangerous. I have seen this first hand and its
attitudes like yours that need to stop in the church.
@dobberdobber ... It sounds like your daughter-in-law isn't the only angel
in your son's life. I was once a young law enforcement officer, untrained
in how to deal with the mentally ill. I hope your post is read by many. Bravo,
sir. @Ann Blake-Tracy ... and having tired of law enforcement, I did
25 years in hospital administration. I sincerely hope you do not advocate
cessation of antidepressants without the prescribing physicians oversight. That
is just plain dangerous.
Like all things prescription medicines must be used wisely and tested by the
patient and caregivers to look for any signs of problems. I had bipolar disorder
before I was 5 years old but did not realize it until I was over 60. I also have
anxiety disorder which drives my manic side and OCD. I started on
antidepressants when I was 49 but had to add lithium carbonate to level my
moods. My wife was ecstatic because I didn't have the temper outbursts that
I was infamous for. I had to stop the lithium carbonate because it was hurting
I later stopped my antidepressants and tried a mineral/ vitamin therapy that had
worked on others but after 3 months my wife told me they weren't working
and by this time I knew she was my weathervane so I returned to my
antidepressants and after a bad outburst of anger away from my home my doctor
put me on seroquel to level my moods and I am running level for the most part. I
have been running deeper into depression and would like to change my
antidepressant but in discussion with my doctor I can't because of the good
effect the Paxal has on my anxiety disorder. I am getting used to being at a
lower level mentally emotionally and know that I may have to be this way for the
rest of my life. I have not been active for 3 years but when I was active it
didn't seem to me to make me any better than I am now. I still have a
strong testimony of the gospel and I always will.