Thanks to Natasha for her suggestion about magnesium. My family has been plagued by genetically-inherited depression over generations, and too many Church members and Leaders do not understand that many behavioural problems cannot be corrected simply through prayer, fasting, repentance, or thinking positive. When in doubt, consult a qualified practitioner and, if necessary, take appropriate medication. Brother Brent Top, well-known Church writer and lecturer, was struck with depression caused by medical imbalance, as he was serving as Mission President. He recovered through appropriate medication, the support of his wife, and the blessings of the Priesthood. He would teach his missionaries that anti-depression medication was the "Word of Wisdom" for those affected with the type of depression that called for medical treatment.
One of the most overlooked causes of anxiety and depression is magnesium deficiency. This essential mineral is vital for the brain, nervous system and heart. It is so miraculous that it can change a person’s condition overnight. If you know someone struggling with these mental health issues I urge you to consider supplements which could include simply an Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) bath. Few doctors know about this and counseling can’t overcome a nutritional deficiency!
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