New Podcasts

Please check out the latest podcasts over at Mormon Mental Health which share some extremely important messages and have guests who were willing to speak to our LDS community from some really important organizations.SAMHSA on Mormon Mental Health :Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Administrator Pam Hyde, J.D. from SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.  They discuss a variety of me … [Read more...]

Addiction through an LDS lens

This is an article I posted Mormon Mommy blogs several years ago now, but not sure I ever posted it here:Addiction can be a difficult topic to understand.Most of what the scientific community has uncovered about addiction can seem to go against LDS beliefs regarding "free agency." However, it is true that addictive behavior robs an addict from the ability to engage in agency - making the topic of "willpower" controversial.Current research shows the chemistry occurring inside the … [Read more...]

Morality? We can do much better than this…

I was shocked to read the most recent article on sexual morality that was just published in the March 2014 issue of the Ensign by Elder Tad R. Callister regarding a recent fireside he gave at BYU-Idaho, and have spoken with several other LDS professional therapists who were shocked as well.  I do not take the critique of a standing General Authority's position lightly - but I cannot stand silent on what I see as an extremely harmful approach to the sexual education of our members.  Here are some … [Read more...]

Information on Addiction

I'm currently at a conference about addiction - so I'm going to share some information I'm coming across that might be useful to my readers. OVERVIEW OF ADDICTION Definition from the National Institute of Drug Abuse:Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Causes of Addiction:40-60% is accounted for by genetic factors.Involves multiple factors: … [Read more...]

My BYU son is smoking…

I’m hoping you can help me with an issue I’m having with my 26-year-old son. He is a full time student at BYU and he is living at home right now because he is “off track.” He is a temple recommend holding return missionary, has always been very active in church, holds a responsible calling, supports himself financially, and is mostly very respectful and obedient. I suspect most everyone who knows him would be shocked to hear about my concern. For some time now, every time he returns home from any … [Read more...]


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