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.
This very subject came up in a meeting I attended recently, and a statistic
was thrown out that I found rather shocking: 40% of missionaries from North
America are supposably on Ritalyn. Has anyone else heard this?
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