After intense long-term counseling with a great Psychiatrist, who was also a Bishop, after taking different medications for many years, and after countless prayers, I don't believe I will ever be completely free from the symptoms of depression. I am SO very much better than I was, and I am grateful for that. But, for some of us, some depression just may be the "thorn in the flesh" we are called to endure. Yes, there are many tools we can use, but we should not consider ourselves failures if the depression does not leave completely. That is the LAST thing we need. While there is much knowledge that has been gained regarding this subject, we are probably only scratching the surface regarding what there is to know about the human brain and mental or emotional illness. Meanwhile, all the Lord expects is that we do what we can, and continue to keep our faith and hope in Him alive. He DOES help us, but he does not always remove this affliction completely.
After 39 years of medical practice and my own battle with depression, my opinion is that we who treat patients with depression absolutely need to help them have hope. Medications do not always have bad side effects. Some of the time we choose a medication because the possible side effect would benefit the patient.
Where could I get help with the healing process especially help with communicating difficult issues appropriately?
Yay go you guys!!
Great to hear your professionally endorsed positivity...
As someone who has helped two friends through depression and suicidality and out the other side to hope and a brighter future, I fully support what you say.
There is a way through..... it may not be easy, but it is possible, and a truly worthwhile journey.
I have always admired Jane Clayson. I was excited to read the book. Sadly it made me too sad and I had to stop. I was hoping one of the doctors would list all the new treatments out there.
I found this book to be the most validating one I have ever read. And I have read lots! Had a 5 year tough trial with clinical depression. No one can understand who hasn’t felt it. Have any of you 3 experienced it? It is complicated. You feel lost, abandoned, stupid, helpless, vulnerable... a different person, confidence and motivation gone. Why doesn’t prayer, scriptures, temple, priesthood blessings help?? The things I had always relied on... I desperately did not want to take meds. After trying 7 or 8 different ones and 5 therapists, the med that worked was my “ savior”, as well as the real Savior. I have decided HOPE is critical, as you suggest. It’s what is easily lost in the dark pit. Some friends lost hope and ended their lives. Jayne’s book is so important for family and friends of sufferers to read to have a glimpse of understanding.
Thank you for this balanced view! Though the book is good about one woman's experiences, I felt like it was almost a dead end kind of response. I have children who suffer from depression, some attributed to OCD, and their early physician said "that's the way their genetics were wired". That was in the 90's. Yet over time--and GREAT effort on their part--they continue to move forward. Though some periods of time have been excruciating for them, they have persevered through help of medication, encouragement, many of the tools listed such as journaling, etc. But mostly they share that they lean on the Atonement of Jesus Christ to get them through the most difficult times that seem dark and limitless.
Thank you for getting the word out that those mainstream concepts are not valid when so much research has been done into better helping those who suffer from depression--whatever the source.
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