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by RI Editors

This post is part of our Peculiar Minds series. Please read the intro post here.

Family out to eat on vacation 2009

We really know very little about what is normal. As editors, simply creating a set of boundaries for a discussion of mental issues was problematic. If we include depression, do we also include divorce? If we include alcoholism, do we also include Asperger’s? There are movements to ceased categorizing some syndromes as low-functioning complexes, recognizing the high-functioning aspects, and simply discuss different brain structure or chemistry (as many who deal with autism have suggested). Still, at some level we need to be able to discuss real life issues many of us, as sufferers or caregivers or interested friends, are facing on a daily basis.

The articles you will read will provide added perspective to a clinical definition of a condition. Other resources exist to broaden and deepen your understanding, providing specific guidance or additional resources. The purpose of this post is to consolidate the resources we’ve found in one area. As our readers submit comments, we will edit this post, bringing all these resources together in one place for future reference.

We invite you to share what has brought you peace, understanding, or tools to deal with your experience with the mental and emotional issues that plague our generation.


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  1. templegoer says:

    Wonderful job, but I imagine that some may baulk at the inclusion of Evergreen. I always ask myself the question- ‘Would I want my kids thinking to be called into question by this person?’
    I try to look for resources that do not have an interest in any particular outcome. Whilst that is an impossible aspiration, I think it’s generally laudable, since it’s an attempt at increasing agency.

    • Bonnie says:

      Yes, it may concern some. But it may help others. We’re trying not to take sides. There are so many paths to healing. For some, they themselves already have an outcome in mind, and they want to match up with a group that has that same outcome in mind. It’s an efficient path. We’ve tried to only include those resources who are honest and up-front about their methods and expectations.

      • templegoer says:

        Understood, your point about individuals finding what they may be seeking is understandable. Although I do believe that what we may want sometimes actually needs to be challenged.

  2. Paul says:

    Another internet site: Families Anonymous (, including online 12-step meetings for families of those who battle addiction.

    The LDS Addiction Reocovery Program also offers phone-in meetings for those who struggle with addiction and for family members. More info at the LDS addiction recovery site listed above.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Another book resource that has really helped me start to understand my own clinical depression is… Reaching For Hope: An LDS Perspective on Recovering from Depression (available through Amazon or Deseret Book).

  4. E says:

    I am impressed with the generally high quality of resources you have posted. Thank you so much for posting sources of accurate information! I am going to use some of these as suggested resources for my patients.

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