Mental illness is "any of various conditions characterized by impairment
of an individual's normal cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning,
and caused by social, psychological, biochemical, genetic, or other factors,
such as infection or head trauma." (The
Examples of mental illnesses include schizophrenia, manic depression (bi-polar
disorder), obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and panic disorder.
Myths about Mental Illness
Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - has a list of myths about mental illness.
About Mental Illness - by Alexander B. Morrison appeared in the October 2005 Ensign.
It addresses such myths as "all mental illness is caused by sin", "someone is to blame
for mental illness", "all that people with mental illness need is a priesthood blessing",
- When Someone You Love is Depressed - handout from BYU Women's Conference includes information on LDS myths about depression and mental illness
Information by Illness
Alliance on Mental Illness - This list from NAMI
- WebMD.com -
has a huge list of mental health issues by topic, including eating disorders,
ADHD, and more.
- National Alliance for Research on
Schizophrenia and Depression - largest group supporting scientific research on
the Burdens of Mental Illness - by Dawn and Jay Fox appeared in the October
The following links have to do with specific mental illness. This isn't a complete
list by any standard. If you know of reputable links that can be included on specific
types of mental illness, please post them below.
Eating Disorders Assiciation - has lots of articles relating to ED.
Check out especially What
not to do when working with males and males with eating disorders (article
targets school teachers, but has application for church leaders). Articles on
this website are available in PDF for handouts.
- Dads and Daughters - has
lots of articles on how fathers (living with daughters or away) can be a positive
influence on their daughter(s)'s self-image. Teaches fathers how to avoid
unconsciously demeaning women. The DAD-Q
test is especially telling.
- Anorexia Nervosa and Related
Eating Disorders - statistics and lots more information on ED, including
Institute of Mental Health - information from the US government's National Institute of
health on depression. Addresses issues such as depression in the elderly, causes
of depression, and symptoms.
not to do when working with males and males with eating disorders - This article
at WebMD.com addresses how men and women exhibit the symptoms of depression
differently. Basically, men usually get mad; women usually get sad.
- Depression and
Bipolar Support Alliance - has information on depression and some notes on what
you can do to help someone who is depressed.
- OCD Online - articles by Dr.
Stephen Phillipson, clinical psycologist.
and Bipolar Support Alliance - has information on symptoms, treatment, and
types of Bipolar disorder.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
LDS Family Services
Family Services - official website. Has a comprehensive list of LDS Family Services
Family Services: Articles - list of online articles and resources from LDS Family Services
Disclaimer: This document is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant
to serve as medical advice or to replace consultation with your physician or mental
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