Depression and Mental Illness

Suicide is often the cause of death involving an individual who suffered from depression. Survivors are left with a feeling of inadequacy, abandonment, and other conflicting emotions resulting from the often volatile and emotionally taxing relationship. Guilt, Anger and other negative emotions can add to grieving. Another unfortunate side affect is the perpetuation of depression often seen in the children of a depressed parent.

To Heal the Remaining Wedges
The spirit must be freed from tethers so strong and feelings never put to rest, so that the lift of life may give buoyancy to the soul. In many families, there are hurt feelings and a reluctance to forgive. It doesn’t really matter what the issue was. It cannot and should not be left to injure. Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals
Thomas S. Monson

The Widows Anguish
“The Savior voluntarily took upon himself not only the cumulative burden of all sin and transgression, but also the cumulative burden of all depression, all loneliness, all sorrow, all mental, emotional, and physical hurt, and all weakness of every kind that afflicts mankind. He knows the depth of sorrow that stems from death; he knows the widow’s anguish.
Tad R. Callister

  From the Editors Desk

  1. Feeling Relief after Suicide- Is it okay?

    This will be a hard one for people to read, at least for some of you, but I know that I am not the only one who feels this way and I feel that it is something I need to write and to share. There was so much sorrow when Jason died....
  2. Answering the Questions of Suicide

    Death by suicide is certainly a complicated grief. This grief rollercoaster is amazing. If you think there is a rollercoaster in the world that can manage the twists, turns and insanity of grief, you would be wrong. Grief is unpredictable, follows no rules and comes at you without warning. It...
  3. Emotional Security

    In my post Understanding Attachment Styles,  I highlighted the four main approaches individuals employ in building and maintaining their relationships. I suggest reading that article as a complement to this. More secure individuals form more secure attachments to others, leading to more fulfilling relationships. I’m often asked what the implications are...

  Real Stories

Young Adult who struggle with depression share their insights.  As we understand the hearts of our loved ones we can come to accept and forgive and move past tragedy.

  More From Our Blog on Depression

  1. Unmet Expectations

    Unmet Expectations

    If on Thanksgiving I came to the table expecting to be served mashed potatoes swimming in butter, succulent turkey paired with flavorful gravy, pumpkin pie and the rest of the trimmings and was given instead macaroni and cheese, I would be disappointed. My failed expectations could cause me to despair...

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  2. The Face of Depression

    The Face of Depression

    I read an article on the face of depression that really hit me. The face of depression is often not recognizable. It is not a person with a frown who has their head down. It is usually a person who is smiling and appears to have it all. I have spoken to...

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