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Monday, January 2, 2017

Early Return LDS Missionaries - Anxiety and Depression Resources

Many people don't understand depression and anxiety. I get it.  If you, or someone you love, haven't experienced it personally it is easy to misjudge and think someone can just overcome it with a positive attitude.

Signs of Depression
  • A persistent sad, helpless, hopeless, or worthless feeling.
  • Decreased energy and motivation, and increased fatigue.
  • A loss of interest in activities one used to enjoy.
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
  • Appetite change and weight loss or gain.
  • Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up.
  • Thoughts about death and suicide.
Here are some informative articles, videos, blog posts and podcasts that may help provide some understanding about depression, anxiety, and early returned missionaries.

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/like-a-broken-vessel?lang=eng&_r=1

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2016-05-012-elder-hollands-counsel-for-early-returned-missionaries?lang=eng

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865628809/6-lies-early-returned-missionaries-tell-themselves.html?pg=all

http://ldsmag.com/what-this-mission-president-would-like-every-early-returned-missionary-to-know/

https://typedlettershome.com/2016/10/06/a-letter-to-every-erm/

http://www.provomormondude.com/2015/09/dealing-with-depression-as-latter-day.html

https://www.lds.org/ensign/2016/02/depression?lang=eng

https://www.lds.org/new-era/2016/09/dealing-with-depression?lang=eng

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxK2E2OFJhQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdr56g_efQ

https://www.lds.org/ensign/1984/02/my-battle-with-depression?lang=eng

https://www.mormon.org/blog/dealing-with-depression-and-mental-illness#d

https://www.mormonchannel.org/listen/series/mormon-channel-daily-audio/his-grace-being-an-early-returned-missionary

http://www.ldsliving.com/A-Video-About-Early-Returned-Missionaries-Every-Member-Needs-to-See-Understand/s/80052

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