Is gender inequality bad for mental health?

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Mormon community here.   I know this is a difficult subject to dialogue about in our current state within Mormonism – where things can seem pretty polarized in light of the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly.  However, I think this is an important question for all of us to consider.  And whether or not the answer at the end of the day is … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

New Podcasts Available

There are two new podcasts up on Mormon Mental Health: Powerful Puberty: How Self-Care of Mothers Impacts their Adolescent Daughters featuring an interview with Lilian Starling, CMT and Depression and LDS Women featuring Dr. Kris Doty. … [Read more...]

I am cutting myself…

I am the only person in my family who believes in the lds church. I love to go church every Sunday. I love to play soccer and I am a cutter. That's kind of hard to say without being disappointed and crying but living in an lds based place I've had a hard time finding answers or anything/ anyone to help. I am only 13. I have been cutting myself with a pencil sharpener blade since like 6 months ago. I did it a couple times on my inner thighs and on my wrist. Since then I haven't been able to … [Read more...]

Bipolar

Written by LDS poet, Kerri B. with permission to publish.   Bipolar Every emotion so strong Feeling everything and every moment Ups and downs and in betweens Coloring my world Joy and heartbreak Energized and drained Passion and apathy Never knowing what the day will bring Days, weeks, months in tears Then fine Driving others away No, pay attention to me Sex drive up Sex drive gone Angry at everything I want to scream Depression swallowing me whole Misery … [Read more...]

My spouse wants a divorce but I don’t…

I've been married 32+ years to a wonderful woman.  We married early, she was 20 and I was 24.  We were both in college but her family was critical and unsupportive when she was baptized (prior to dating me): she felt very alone.  When we began dating, I was in heaven; she was [is] so beautiful and I felt so lucky that she would have anything to do with me.  It wasn't long before I popped the question but she did not give me an answer right away.  I think I understood this … [Read more...]

Cognitive Dissonance and Faith Transition

The theory of Cognitive Dissonance is a well-established concept in the field of psychology that explains why we all experience discomfort and anxiety when we are exposed to new ideas and beliefs or engage in behavior that conflict with our pre-existing views, ideals, and beliefs.  Micah Nickolaison conducts this interview and states, “I’ve been extremely interested in producing an episode of A Thoughtful Faith that could explore the concept of Cognitive Dissonance as it relates to an LDS … [Read more...]

Be Anxiously Engaged

My Relief Society Lesson for tomorrow. Taken from Elder M Russell Ballard's talk: Be Anxiously Engaged. Verily I say, women should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them...  Doctrine & Covenants 58: 27-28 My favorite quotes from the lesson: Though seemingly insignificant when compared to the total, each bee's one-twelfth is vital to the life of the hive.  The bees depend on … [Read more...]

Postpartum Depression Podcast

I interview “Sarah,” an LDS mother of four who has a history of depression starting in adolescence followed by a serious bout of postpartum depression after the birth of her second child.  She also interviews Jamie Bodily, mother of five and certified doula through toLABOR regarding her experience and knowledge regarding postpartum depression.  Jamie has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling, a Masters Degree in Human Services from Capella University and her undergraduate degree in … [Read more...]

Miscarriage from an LDS Perspective

Check out my newest podcast interview on Mormon Mental Health looking at miscarriage through a Mormon perspective.  Thank you to Jenni Brighton for an excellent interview and her work helping to develop The Amethyst Network.   Mormon Mental Health: Miscarriage from an LDS Perspective Part 1 Mormon Mental Health: Miscarriage from an LDS Perspective Part 2 … [Read more...]


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