The Church's official position is that we should use some caution with
medications for mental illness. However, it has drastically backed off
from some statements made by General Authorities even 20 years or less
ago. Elder Packer had a speech (Be Ye Not Troubled), where he warned
about the overuse of psychiatrists and medications. I haven't heard him
warn about it in many years, though.
Part of this may have to do with the drastic change in medical
developments over the past couple decades. Older drugs used to paralyze
emotions, while today's drugs are more effective in just moderating them.

I have worked with several people with differing emotional issues. They
definitely do not feel the Spirit while their brains are not functioning
correctly. Those with depression end up crying and not knowing why they
are feeling out of control-- the opposite of the peaceful feelings one
should have with the Spirit. Once regulated on modern meds, they can be
in control, and do in fact feel the Spirit.

I look at them generally like any other medicine for other ailments. If I
have a serious metabolized cancer, I may need to have morphine to control
the pain. Under the morphine, I may not feel the Spirit, but it isn't an
issue of sinning. If I'm suffering from emotional illness, then I also
need assistance, if available, to get it under control. Hopefully the
assistance will not restrict access to the Spirit, and as I mentioned,
today's meds seem to do a very good job of allowing emotion to flow, just
not allow it to be out of control.

As for anxiety, it is a real problem for many. I have experienced anxiety
attacks in the past, and they are terrible. You feel totally out of
control, and as if the life was draining from you. I must say that St
John's Wort is a wonderful little pill, because it helped me through the
tougher times. I have never taken it full time, but whenever I felt that
the anxiety was overwhelming me, I'd pop some for a few days to keep it
under control. I hear that Paxil works well, also.  And I will tell you
that I NEVER felt the Spirit when I was having an anxiety attack. I have
felt the Spirit while under the influence of St John's Wort.

Fortunately, I've learned how to handle the majority of my anxieties. I
use relaxation techniques whenever I feel things getting out of control.
It works faster than pills, but it sure is addictive! ;-)

K'aya K'ama,
Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1    http://www
"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The question then remains:  Can we legitimately use substances which
lower our anxiety level, especially if those substances are said to be 


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