Depression, anxiety, and other forms of mental illness are real and can be overwhelming, even debilitating. However, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland encourages: “Of greatest assurance in God’s plan is that a Savior was promised, a Redeemer, who through our faith in Him would lift us triumphantly over those tests and trials, even though the cost to do so would be unfathomable for both the Father who sent Him and the Son who came. It is only an appreciation of this divine love that will make our own lesser suffering first bearable, then understandable, and finally redemptive.”
Whether seeking relief through counseling, medical assistance, or the support of family and friends, those struggling with mental illness can find hope and healing through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Watch, listen, and read as others share their insights about dealing with different forms of mental illness.
These two brief video messages offer hope when dealing with mental illness.
Dealing with Depression
About 9 percent of American adults from all walks of life experience feelings of hopelessness, despondency, and/or guilt that generate a diagnosis of some form of depression. About 3 percent of adults have major depression, also known as major depressive disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the largest scientific organization dedicated to mental health issues, women are 70% more likely than men deal with depression during their lifetimes.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland framed major depression as "an affliction so severe that it significantly restricts a person's ability to function fully, a crater in the mind so deep that no one can responsibly suggest it would surely go away if those victims would just square their shoulders and think more positively..."
The impact of depression is real. But the hope and healing offered through the gospel of Jesus Christ is real too.
FIVE TIPS FOR DEALING WITH DEPRESSION
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland offers helpful tips on dealing with depression and its effects. In his remarks entitled "Like a Broken Vessel," he provides these thoughts:
1. Never lose faith in God, your Heavenly Father
2. Slow down, rest up, replenish, and refill
3. If the condition becomes debilitating, seek the advice of reputable people with certified training, professional skills, and good values
4. Don't assume you can fix everything, but fix what you can
5. Remember through any illness or difficult challenge, there is still much in life to be hopeful about and grateful for
Watch Elder Holland's full remarks on this topic here:
I found the following quote this morning and wanted to share it as well:
"It is not the load that breaks you down. It's the way you carry it." - Lou Holtz