The patron saint of those with mental or nervous disorders or mental illness is St. Dymphna.

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you – oracle of the Lord – plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.” – Hebrews 13:5

Good Saint Dymphna, great wonder-worker in every affliction of mind and body, I humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the health of the sick, in my present need. (Mention it.) Saint Dymphna, martyr of purity, patroness of those who suffer with nervous and mental afflictions, beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me and obtain my request.
(Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be.)
Saint Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.


A state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. People with depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed or restless.

Common symptoms of clinical depression in children and teens can include the following:
• feelings of deep sadness and hopelessness
• loss of interest in pleasurable activities
• weight loss or gain
• sleep difficulties and general fatigue
• feelings of worthlessness, inability to concentrate, and/or recurrent thoughts of death, for  some teens, this means thoughts of suicide

External factors of Depression include:
Major disappointments or losses in life, such as failure in school or sports, breakup with a close friend or romantic relationship, divorce, loneliness, abuse or situations over which one has no control. This type of depression is usually treated with therapy and medication, if needed. For some, depression is caused by a combination of internal and external factors. A trained mental health professional can properly diagnose this.


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