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The Gospel and Mental Health

The Gospel and Mental Health

By David T. Morgan PhD
My name is David Morgan. I'm a licensed psychologist and lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ has many solutions to mental health issues. Join me and my amazing wife as we talk about mental health, parenting, relationships, and many other topics. We'll talk about how the gospel can help us become better in general as well.
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#11 Prioritizing Your Life
In this episode Dr. Morgan and his wife discuss setting appropriate priorities. Most are familiar with resources such as time and money being limited, but we also need to understand that resources such as physical or emotional stamina are limited as well. They talk about the analogy of fitting rocks, pebbles, and sand into a jar, and how the proper "filling" can help us fit more. They also address the concept of how priorities can shift over time, and it is essential to involve the Lord in the setting of priorities. 
March 13, 2021
#9: Anxiety Lessons Learned From the Prophet Jacob
In this episode Dr. Morgan and his wife discuss aspects of the life of Jacob, the Book of Mormon prophet, that Dr. Morgan wrote about in his anxiety management book. They talk about five scripture-based principles that can help manage anxiety, including taking accountability for our own issues and not avoiding difficult tasks.  
January 29, 2021
#8: The Power of Attitude
In this episode Dr. Morgan and his wife discuss how attitude can affect our happiness. They address three ideas including how we can't wait for situations to change in order to be happy, happiness must be sought even amidst difficulty, and how we need to take responsibility for our lives and choose our own destiny.  
January 10, 2021
#7: Common mental health questions
In this episode Dr. Morgan and his wife discuss five questions he commonly gets regarding the gospel and mental health, including the role of genetics, the effectiveness of psychiatric medications, and others. They talk about how living the gospel is an important piece in improving mental health, and how other interventions are generally needed as well. 
December 05, 2020
#6: Enduring and improving: thoughts on COVID-19
In this episode Dr. Morgan and his wife discuss the effects of COVID-19 on mental health, how trials can be used to our benefit, and five ideas to help you not only survive but thrive through the pandemic.
November 17, 2020
#5: Choosing to do difficult things
In this episode Dr. Morgan and his wife discuss why it can be difficult to make changes, the benefits that come from delayed gratification, and how this relates to long-term goals of happiness. 
October 07, 2020
#4: Pros and cons of having a large family (or why we chose to have six kids :)
In this episode Dr. Morgan and his wife discuss their decision to have a large family, what blessings and challenges that has created, and why it is important to listen to the Spirit to make your own decisions regarding family planning.
July 09, 2019
#3: Unacceptable vs. undesirable outcomes; tips to reduce anxiety
In this episode Dr. Morgan and his wife discuss the difference between unacceptable and undesirable outcomes. They talk about how as we view certain potential outcomes from a different perspective, this can help reduce anxiety and increase faith. 
June 08, 2019
#2: Improving Your Marriage Through Regular Dating
In this episode Dr. Morgan and his wife discuss the importance of going on regular dates, how this can help increase marital happiness, and common obstacles to dating on a regular basis. 
May 28, 2019
Don't Have Anxiety About Having Anxiety
Welcome to our first podcast! In this episode Dr. Morgan and his wife talk about what anxiety is, what causes anxiety, and how to manage it more effectively. They also talk about specific truths from the gospel of Jesus Christ that help us better understand and deal with anxiety issues.
February 09, 2019