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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Psych

Instead of regaling you with crazy, sickening headlines like Park Service approves amnesty rally on 'closed' National Mall... (after denying WWII veterans a similar privilege),I'll talk about one of my favorite messages from General Conference last weekend. The address is from LDS apostle Jeffrey R. Holland, and since the transcript is not yet uploaded to lds.org, you'll have to trust me or watch it yourself (using the link).

He talked about a topic near and dear to my heart despite the fact that I don't suffer from a mental disorder myself, the topic of there being no shame in having a mental disorder and seeking professional help, and for those without emotional or mental illnesses to be compassionate, supportive, and loving towards those who have them - to not be judgmental.

None of this is new in terms of Church doctrine by any means, but this message goes a long way in erasing the heavy stigma against talking about these sorts of illnesses, at least within the membership of the LDS Church. To be clear: the LDS Church is opposed to the stigma. It is cultures in various countries in the world (the United States being one of them) that have the stigma.

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