My great-grandmother, Ethel Reynolds Smith, died in a mental hospital.
“These down moods were cyclical, coming and going at irregular intervals and varying in their strength and duration. In time they came with greater frequency and intensity, causing deep feelings of depression and fear that so disturbed Ethel that she was unable to perform her daily tasks.”
“At other times her mind raced beyond control forcing her exhausted body to do more and more. Today, her condition would probably be diagnosed as a chemical imbalance. But in her day, they could only rely on prayer, priesthood blessings, and medical treatments that had no lasting relief. She died on August 26, 1937.”
I think about her often, and how grateful she would have been for medication that worked. Medication that many of her descendants (including me) take on a regular basis. People who take medication for mental health conditions shouldn’t start or stop these life-saving drugs without the advice of their doctors, but sometimes your company policies may encourage someone to stop.
To keep reading, click here: Mental Health Month at the Office: Fix Your Drug Testing Policies