001: Top Ten Mormon Mental Health Issues Pt. 1 – Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Masturbation

NatashaToday we kick off Mormon Mental Health podcast with an interview with Natasha Helfer Parker – The Mormon Therapist.  We cover some of the top 10 (or 11) mental health issues faced by Mormons.  In this episode, we cover depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and masturbation.

7 comments for “001: Top Ten Mormon Mental Health Issues Pt. 1 – Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Masturbation

  1. Steve In Millcreek
    January 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Natasha, thank you for your professional advice. I heard this 3-part podcast under mormonstories.org, (plus your periodical, prior contributions there). I await new episodes under your website, here. Will you offer an outline of candidate subtopics? How much can you tell about specific casework while retaining party anonymity?

    • natashaparker
      March 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Steve for your feedback. Hopefully I’ll be able to organize the website in a way where people can find things easily – topics they are interested in. And I try to be very nonspecific about casework. Confidentiality is a huge concern, especially in a world such as Mormonism which isn’t very big. In fact I’ll usually change identifying facts such as age, gender, geographical location in order to protect clients. And since I see people from all over the world – I hope I’m cautious enough.

  2. Mechelle
    October 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I am grateful for efforts to break down the mental illness stigma. I think we have to be careful not to add to that stigma by promoting the idea that an event of some kind has to always take place for depression to occur. I agree that if it is truly an illness then ,like all illness, there was a point of “contraction” – some more easily identified then others. Although dealing with the “contraction” is vital to some kinds of depression, I have seen too many people not get help because the “reason” for their depression is unclear. As if tracking down the person that passed on that strep throat helps one heal of strep throat. We need to focus more on the healing that takes place instead of the cause all the time. It is a delicate balance.

  3. Rebecca
    March 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I’m really glad you two adressed masturbation and worthiness in the end. The past few years I have been told told and tried to force myself to believe that it is a sin. It’s very uplifting to hear that’s its not so black and white.

  4. B.A. Mormon
    June 21, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Natasha
    I joined the LDS Church as an adult.
    The first few years I was pleased and lived according to what the missionaries had taught me.
    With time, I learned more about the Church’s teachings and strove to live in accordance with all the principles to 100%.
    I did not succeed – instead, I became depressed and struggled with anxiety.
    I saw my illness as an effect of my sins, as confirmed by both church leaders and friends in the church.
    Every time I failed to live a bid, whether it was Coca-Cola or masturbation I got a lot anxiety.
    I saw myself as the biggest and worst sinner. Since I could not be as good as everyone else, I thought.
    A few years ago I had a wonderful bishop who helped me get the right perspective. As explained to me that many in the church are grappling with similar or other problems. That not everything is as it seems.
    The church is not a museum full of saints, but a hospital filled with sinners who need to be healed.
    Thanks Mormon-Mental-Health for this amazing message. You have probably saved the lives of many people, not only young people but also adults.
    Thanks!

  5. DL
    June 14, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I am trying to listen to the podcasts from the beginning but the audio files don’t seem to be working.

    • June 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Hmmmm…. I just pushed play on my computer and it seemed to work fine… Can you tell me more specifically or on what format you’re having trouble accessing the audio files?

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