389-391: Top 10 Mormon Mental Health Issues

December 21, 2012
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NatashaIn this 3-part interview with Natasha Helfer Parker we launch a new podcast initiative called “Mormon Mental Health.”  For this episode we discuss the top 10 (or 11) mental health issues commonly faced by Mormons.

  • Episode 1: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Masturbation
  • Episode 2: Pornography, Addiction, Marriage and Divorce
  • Episode 3: Sexual Intimacy, Parenting, Faith Crisis and Coping with same-sex attraction as a Mormon.

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8 Responses to 389-391: Top 10 Mormon Mental Health Issues

  1. Bradley Hintze
    December 26, 2012 at 12:13 am

    The segment on masturbation was intriguing. I have had many bishops and not one of them thought that masturbation was in any way a minor sin, it was always serious. The very real emotional pain that came from being denied entrance to the temple several times solely for masturbation led me to lose my faith. We are taught that Christ requires us to live righteously the best we can but the church requires (in my experience) to actually live a standard, if you can’t meet it then too bad, trying is for naught. I couldn’t reconcile the stark contrast between what was being taught about the Atonement in Sunday school and my experience in bishops’ offices. The genuine happiness and authenticity I feel now tells me that I’ll probably never go back as a matter of emotional health. Having said that, my love for others leaves me with a strong desire for the church to make a statement that unequivocally states that masturbation is not sinful. The real, acute pain that I know others have because of hurtful Victorian views on masturbation is nothing short of repulsive and needs to stop now!!

  2. Noel
    December 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I was curious about Natasha’s comments about porn. I have read The Brain that Changes Itself and he argues that viewing porn can damage one’s brain and even make one impotent.

  3. JT
    December 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm
  4. Rob
    January 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Can someone remind me of the parenting book John refers to in the discussion on parenting teenagers?

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