Marlene Payne M.D is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has spent significant periods of her professional career treating missionaries who present on their missions with a variety of mental disorders from bipolar, to OCD, to depression and even body dysmorphic disorder. What she has discovered is that most mental disorders are treatable and that missionaries with the appropriate interventions can go on to serve successful and fulfilling missions. Missions are stressful contexts at best, but where there is an underlying mental disorder missions often trigger these illnesses.
In this podcast Marlene discusses the major mental disorders that she has dealt with in her time as a mental health liaison/psychiatrist for missions in the Washington DC and Virginia area. She also introduces us to her book ‘Mission Possible’ that serves as a guide for parents, mission presidents and ecclesiastical leaders who have pastoral care of these young and sometimes mentally vulnerable missionaries.