I’ve been reading a bit on Christians and why they suffer from illness. Some of the articles just plain out bashed the idea that a Christian should get sick. Wait a minute, why shouldn’t a Christian get sick? We are all humans and we are all subject to the same illnesses as every other human. This type of content (in my opinion) is what makes the stigma of mental illness grow and spread.
In my life I have been labeled as lazy, worthless, no good, and would never amount to anything. I have been the poster child of mental illness stigma. Almost most of my friends and family know me as a job jumper and in their opinion this makes me lazy. Unfortunately this isn’t the case. What seems to happen to me is that I get very excited and on a manic episode and want something new in my life, then after a while the mania wears off and depression sinks in and I need another change. It’s this cycle that has given me so many labels.
In my new video on YouTube ( link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9trqxtFfRI ) I discuss why so many christians suffer from depression and why the stigma is upon us. the Bible plainly speaks of depression in King David, Moses, and Lot and it covers ways of healing through scripture and worship.
We must also consider that we need treatment in the forms of therapy, medication, and time to heal. I first began my process of healing when I discovered depression isn’t wrong or a sin. I have a mental illness and I am no more at fault for that than someone with cancer or diabetes. Excepting that I am sick means that I can start the healing process and move forward.
Call 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone you know is try to hurt themselves. Take yourself or your loved one to the nearest ER for help. Seriously folks I’ve been there and understand what it feels like to be that far in the lonely world of depression. It’s a very serious issue we need to face head on.