070: One Mormon Family’s Battle with Mental Illness and Depression – Part 5

thThis interview was first published on Mormon Stories in August of 2011.  It is now being rebroadcast here on Mormon Mental Health Podcast.

In this episode, Natasha Helfer Parker anonymously interviews a mother/son duo about the unique challenges of experiencing mental illness as an active Mormon family.  Mother and son candidly discuss what they went through as she faced a nervous breakdown, comorbidity of several diagnoses including cancer, suicidality and her history of sexual abuse during her childhood.  Discussion on how their Mormon faith both helped and hindered aspects of their healing is broached as well as thoughts and direction for others who may be facing similar situations.

Trigger Warning regarding discussions surrounding suicidal ideation/attempt and sexual abuse.

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Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith.

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2 comments for “070: One Mormon Family’s Battle with Mental Illness and Depression – Part 5

  1. Jane
    May 24, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story. Any tips on where to find free CBT courses online?

  2. May 26, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Great podcast. My oh my the church issues. I think that more could have been said on this. I would have also like to hear more about the ETC experience.

    Love the discussion about drugs. I agree that you need to know the limits but also need to know when to push through because the side effects are the price you pay.

    Thank you for being courageous.

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