dwgmom Posted November 11, 2010 Report Share Posted November 11, 2010 This is an excerpt from an article posted on LDS.org about this. I thought this was interesting: ROBERT MILLET: And I think to some extent Mormonism has been caricatured and I would say, yeah that if that´s Mormonism to you, then by that standard, no, we´re not any better than the rest of the world. But that´s not Mormonism. DANIEL JUDD: Cultural Mormonism will destroy you. That´s probably a pretty strong statement to make, but that´s where all the perfectionism comes, that´s where all the depression, not all, but much of the depression comes as we´re living out these standards that God has not set. ROBERT MILLET: Yeah. DANIEL JUDD: But it´s our neighbor that set them, it´s our culture that set them. That´s where a lot of the problems come, not all of them, some just come no matter how spiritually healthy you are you just, it just comes. ROBERT MILLET: Let me ask you this, Dan, the other thing I hear occasionally is that Latter-day Saints are particularly prone to be involved with a lot prescription drugs particularly antidepressants and anti-anxiety type drugs and that “Utah leads the nation in Zoloft” or, and whatever, Paxil. DANIEL JUDD: That´s right, that´s right. ROBERT MILLET: Is that true? DANIEL JUDD: Yeah, well from this, from the surveys that we have, yeah, the answer to that question is yes. Utah. Not necessarily Mormons but Utah, which of course, you know, much of Utah is LDS of course. But Utah also leads the nation in consumption of other drugs like antibiotics and anyway and the list goes on and on. You know, we are a medication taking people. Well, why would that be? Well, Utah also is among the leaders in the nation in education. ROBERT MILLET: That´s an interesting thing. Say more about that Dan, that is, the Latter-day Saints are among the highest religious groups in terms of doctoral degrees and in terms of college graduates. DANIEL JUDD: That´s correct. ROBERT MILLET: If I understand it. That being true, what would that have to do with my tendency to not feel hesitant about taking medication? DANIEL JUDD: You know instead of, many people self-medicate, I mean, alcohol is consumed, all over the world and here, too, sure, but Latter-day Saints not generally if you´re a faithful, active Latter-day Saint you´re not going to go out and have some, have a beer, have a wine with your meal. You´re not going to do that. You´re going to look for legitimate and authorized methods of dealing with the challenges that you face. ROBERT MILLET: So an educated person is less prone to be fearful of a drug that might assist you, especially if there is some form of chemical imbalance or something. DANIEL JUDD: That´s right. You know, you go to your doctor and you´ll say, “Doctor, I´m having these challenges what, how can you help me?” Do you think that more educated people choose pharmaceutical drugs? Just curious. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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