Everyone feels down from time to time, and the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and the support of family, leaders, and others can help us again find comfort, joy, and peace. But severe depression, or major depressive disorder (MDD), is a much more serious condition that can interfere with a person’s ability to function fully.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has addressed the issue in general conference. See Elder Holland’s talk on mental illness, “Like a Broken Vessel.”
Ideas for Tackling Depression
Elder Holland suggested several things that can help those who find themselves struggling with depression:
- Don’t lose faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
- Do the things that bring the Spirit into your life (pray, study the scriptures, and so on).
- Seek counsel from parents and priesthood leaders.
- Obtain priesthood blessings.
- Take the sacrament every week, and hold fast to the promises of Jesus Christ’s Atonement.
- Watch for stress indicators such as fatigue, and then make changes.
- If your problem persists, talk to parents or priesthood leaders about seeking the advice of a certified professional with good values.
Watch the Mormon Message below to learn more about the topic and why Elder Holland addressed it.
For additional help and member stories about different mental illnesses, visit mentalhealth.lds.org.