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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Book of Mormon

TitlePost-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsRussell, Collin Charles
Book Title2019 BYU Religious Education Student Symposium
PublisherReligious Studies Center, Brigham Young University
CityProvo, UT
KeywordsAbuse; Mormon (Prophet); Moroni (Son of Mormon); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Warfare

Discussions of mental health and trauma are becoming more prevalent in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Victims of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be directed to the scriptures and realize that characters within the Book of Mormon may have experienced PTSD as well and show how they might have dealt with PTSD. This article provides specific analysis on the lives of Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni, regarding PTSD risk factors, resilience factors, and symptoms displayed in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon can therefore become an elevated resource for understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a connection point for individuals facing this disorder.