Caring for The Mentally Ailing Persons
I had a college friend who was a classic geek and he was very famous. He used to dress poorly, not competent while socializing with fellow friends and he would get abusive or sarcastic while conversing with others. He used to face difficulties and rough times because of his behavior towards others. It did not last long before we discovered the cause behind his behavior, he was suffering from mental illness.
His episodes did care whether he is in a crowd or social gatherings. For instance, he gets hysterics whenever he comes across someone performing. It is a challenge relating with mentally ailing people and at times the society tries to discriminate them. You at times have to try hard and calm them down, and this was our role with my friend in college. Through trying an patient, we used to protect him masses of people who seemed not to understand the reason behind his
The bigger percentage in our society is not aware of the inappropriate and feelings experienced by persons with mental disorder and may harm them to protect themselves. People with upright thoughts may have different versions of interpreting the behavior of the mentally ill patients. Knowing that it is improper to despise anyone, our college friends would defend their actions with the excuse of not being aware of the struggles our friend was going through. But being a Christian college, it is conduct that was hard to understand, why one should be despised openly.
However, our society has been in the forefront in discriminating the mentally unstable people despite of their root cause. The role lies with every one of us with the church taking the lead, to show compassion and care to the patients suffering from mental instability. It is time we faced the reality and understood that each condition has the right therapy and forge to assist our patients through recovery. We believe and pray God to heal us, taking the right medication is not wrong and should not be branded as going against the teaching of the church.
The big question remains, what effects do mental treatments have on our Christian faith, that is different from physical therapies. The dilemma remains, what is the difference between chemotherapy and antidepressants and their connection to Christian faith. It does not make sense to separate the body and mind, both make a complete human, we need to create a friendly environment to aid the recovery of our suffering brothers and sisters. Mental disorder is a spiritual matter, and it demands spiritual solutions. However, we have to be realistic and care for our brothers and sisters who are vulnerable.
It seems our people in the society have started taking an influential step towards the mental illness subject. Combination of counselling and antidepressants to manage schizophrenia is happening in our churches today. It is a complete and compassionate step towards the care of our mentally ailing persons in the society.