My brother studies psychology at the University of Buenos Aires. Some members of the church told us that a member of the church should not become a psychologist!!!
Thank you for your comment! This is just not true. Unfortunately there can be those who mistrust the study of psychology and/or who believe that getting professional help in the mental health field somehow translates into being spiritually weak. In other words, the acts of prayer, fasting, scripture study and church attendance should heal anything that ails us emotionally and spiritually. We know from experience and research that this is just not the case. Although all of these “church solutions” can and do help people tremendously, there are many cases where psychotropic medicine and/or therapy are useful (even necessary) and should be used. My personal take on how Heavenly Father wants us to approach life is to be proactive and educated in using ANYTHING of good accord that will help us move forward. In addition to the many spiritual tools we have to our disposal, we should also be open to research, technology, medicine, literature, etc. that contain the information and solutions needed. When speaking on how to recover from abuse, Richard G Scott states, “Healing may begin with a thoughtful bishop or stake president or a wise professional counselor. If you had a broken leg, you wouldn’t decide to fix it yourself. Serious abuse can also benefit from professional help.” There have been many talks given by leaders that encourage the saints to seek professional help when necessary. In fact the church itself is affiliated with LDS Family Services which provides psychological services. Brigham Young University offers several degrees having to do with psychology, sociology, family studies, etc. I hope that you and your brother will both be able to serve as educators of correct principles in the area you live. You can always search lds.org for support from the leaders of our church on many issues.
What is your take on psychology? What about seeking psychological help? Does this somehow speak to spiritual weakness?
Do you distrust the mental health field and/or its professionals?