Awhile back a couple invited us to join them for a meal. As we talked they shared their story of deep personal struggle because of mental illness and how they now have a healthy, growing marriage.
It was a joy to watch them interact and watch their children at play on a nearby playscape. Here was a family that had not been destroyed by mental illness, but had done the hard work of recovery.
I share this to offer hope.
Most of us have been touched to one degree or another by mental illness. Perhaps we battle depression, our veteran spouse struggles with PTSD, or someone we know is ADHD, has an eating disorder, or lives with a significant phobia.
May is Mental Health Month.
It can be a scary thing to own that we, or someone we love, struggles with a mental health condition. Our culture (and sometimes church culture) tends to make this a shameful thing instead of being helpful and understanding.
I believe there is a spiritual component to most things, but we are body, soul, and spirit. There are times when our problems need to be addressed from a physical standpoint as well.
If I broke my leg, I would pray, but I would also go to the doctor to have it set and put in a cast (pain killer would be nice too).
If I were depressed, I would pray, but I would also go to the doctor and talk to him about possible physical causes and appropriate treatment.
Ladies, let’s become educated and seek help as appropriate. Please don’t live with difficulties for which there is treatment and help.
Here is a good starting place.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health)
They have a wealth of education, support, and resources.
Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. C.S. Lewis
Prayer Prompt ♥ Ask God for the wisdom and strength to get help or be a help to those around you.
Journey to Surrender: Change the Climate of Your Marriage: Affirmation Give your husband “a big fat YES!”
The Romantic Vineyard: Lingering And It’s Effects On Marriage Guard your thought life.
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