Mental Illness is not funny, nor is it always controllable. There are genetic causes, chemical causes, social causes and more. The Problem is more with the Mental Health Industry than with those who suffer. The Industry seems to be all over the map with causes and cures. Just this week I read of two new Mental Disorders.
The Christian Community has been fairly quick to buy into the secular notions, many of which are based on pagan ideas and speculative treatments. What this has done is create respectability for those who suffer what the Mental Health Community call ‘diseases.’
Case In Point: Women of Faith speaker and former 700 Club host Sheila Walsh was admitted to a psyche ward for a month after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and severe clinical depression, Christian Today reports, but that did not cause her to give up or lose her faith. [ChristianHeadlines.com | Monday, August 24, 2015]
“Sometimes God will take you to a prison to set you free,” Walsh testified, adding that she found strength in the Holy Spirit.
Another Christian celebrity, former Maxim and Victoria’s Secret model, Nicol Weider also shared about her struggle with depression.
“I always needed God, and (my depression) ultimately created in me the desire to get to know God. I had to see doctors, have medicine, it was the real thing. There’s nothing sinful about getting something. Know you’re going to come out of it, stronger, more fierce than ever before,” Weider stated.
What these women have in common is waiting until whatever was tormenting them became unbearable before they did something about it! Miss Weider is characterized as a “Christian celebrity.” She is also a ‘former Maxim and Victoria’s Secret Model. If we take the literal definitions of both, it’s no wonder she suffered with depression! Every step she took down that ‘runway’ was an affront to God!
It’s possible her Christianity came later, however, she indicates she ‘always needed God.’ This implies some level of spiritual conviction, which Victoria’s Secret didn’t help!
The 700 Club hostess is different. She lived and worked in a spiritually chaotic environment where demons and prophecies and ‘words of knowledge’ and ecstatic utterances and high emotional situations were the Norm. She clearly embraced all of that and no doubt even participated in it. What does all this artificial spirituality do to people? How long can they maintain a high emotional state without crashing?
It’s not for me to say what these women were suffering or why. However, their testimonies lead in the direction of external causation, rather than internal disorders. Is there a drug or a therapy for crying? Can you control fear with electro-shock therapy, or hours of Talk-Therapy? Some people are simply fearful, others highly emotional. It’s their “Normal.”
Miss Weider said ‘there’s nothing sinful about getting something,’ as though she got the Flu. That’s the Mental Health Community’s propaganda. “Nothing Is Your Fault, You’re Sick!” Are you? Or did you live a life that runs counter to good mental health? Did you push the boundaries of morality and decency until you couldn’t live with yourself any longer? Did you reject what you knew about God, until you couldn’t do it any longer? And, is there a Pill for that? A Therapy?
The Mayo Clinic categorizes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] symptoms into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, or changes in emotional reactions. They list the following symptoms:
NEGATIVE CHANGES IN THINKING OR MOODS
CHANGES IN EMOTIONAL REACTIONS
INTENSITY OF SYMPTOMS.
Which of these is completely out of our control and unavoidable? Only the last one: Intensity of symptoms! Intrusive Memories” seem to be out of our control, but even they are ultimately controllable.
For years, after my son died, I thought I saw him in crowds or on the street. When I would think about him I would get emotional. Initially I didn’t mind, in fact it pleased me on some level. Over time it became intrusive, so I refused to stay in those thoughts for too long a period. Over time the experience faded and became something I controlled, instead of it controlling me.
I have tremendous sympathy for folks suffering with emotional problems. I understand how these can become physiological problems. My problem is with an industry that is structured around making certain folks know they are ‘Mentally Ill,’ when in reality, they may simply be stressed or fearful or guilt-ridden or living a life counter to unchangeable realities.
There is no drug for guilt. Yet guilt can change body chemistry and the way one thinks.
There is no drug for fear. Yet fear can immobilize a person.
There is no drug for depression, only drugs that make you feel better.
Whatever is causing the depression is still there, you just don’t care….as long as you’re taking the drug. Oh, did I tell these drugs have side-effects? Serious side-effects! I know a gal who’s doctor kept her on an anti-depressant for almost 5 years, when the recommendation limited use to 18 / 24 months. She almost went crazy! Became suicidal! Dysfunctional!
Did the depression do that? No! She was functional when she first saw a psychiatrist! Years later she couldn’t get out of bed. Deep depressions were her norm. Fear, Frustration, Doubt, Debilitation dogged her every step. She’s fine. SHE took herself off the meds. To date, no one has apologized.
The Bible Warns Us: Be careful, surely your sins will find you out. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Can a man lie down with dogs and not get up with fleas? As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
The Bible Also Offers Hope:
Eph. 2:1 And you hath he quickened [made alive, spiritually], who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
He pleaded guilty and received 5 years’ probation and a $30,000.00 fine, along with community service and a requirement that he receive psychological counseling.
On Monday, July 13, 2015, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman conducted a Hearing in Manhattan in which he ruled D’Souza must continue community service for 4 more years AND continue psychological counseling.
The psychologist Dr. D’Souza was sent to reported to the Court that he “found no indication of depression or reason for medication.” In addition, the psychologist submitted a written statement concluding there was no need to continue the consultation, because D’Souza was psychologically normal and well adjusted.”
Judge Berman, responded with, “You have to understand, I have a background in social work with a psychology major. I’m sensitive to mental health issues in the criminal cases I hear, and I do not want to end psychological counseling at this time in Mr. D’Souza’s case.”
What’s Going On?
The judge is steeped in secular psychological theory.
Dr. D’Souza has demonstrated very poor judgment. The judge called it ‘stupid.’
Dr. D’Souza is not a stupid man.
Dr. D’Souza was at the height of his career, writing Best Selling non-fiction books & producing films.
No one (apparently) can be this successful and smart and still do something this stupid.
Unless he has a psychological problem!
Question: What is ‘smart’ about drinking a liquid known to render you morally weak and physically unstable?
What is ‘smart’ about spending huge amounts of money on houses, cars, clothes, etc., simply because you can?
What is ‘smart’ about elected officials massaging the system to enrich themselves or get re-elected?
What is ‘smart’ about ignoring the reality of God, simply because you don’t want to believe there is One?
If doing stupid things is the measure of psychological mal-adjustment, we’re ALL guilty & in need of counseling!
This is one of the flaws in the psychological model: that ‘normal’ means we don’t violate our conscience or moral code. That ‘normal’ is a product of psychological observation wherein the statistical out-lyers of general behavior are what is considered abnormalities, while the ‘norm’ is what most people do.
Dr. D’Souza lives in a world where what he did IS normal! Not in the Church or in the Open, but in politics and business and high-finance. Everyone but the ‘little guy’ (and the few really moral people in this world) works outside the lines. They are rewarded on a regular basis. They are not judged insane or even mal-adjusted. They simply have a warped sense of morality. They are Self-Centered and Ruthless in the pursuit of their goals, which are largely Money and Power.
Can you think of any other group which operates this way? The Mafia! Organized Crime is built on this paradigm. Of course, these folks are what psychology calls ‘anti-social.’ Not that they aren’t among the most social of beings….when they choose to be, but that they operate from a highly personal value system: Me-First!
The anti-social individual is the one who knocks you down and takes your money, not because he hates you, but simply because YOU have money and HE needs it! It’s not personal. It’s just business.
Think about it. Presidents, Captains of Industry, Business people at all levels, your neighbor….people who live ‘One Way:’ Their way! These all exhibit anti-social behavior.
If D’Souza needs psychological counseling, how much more a Bill Clinton? Or a Donald Trump? Can you be in politics and not lie? Can you master The Art of the Deal and not hide truth for personal gain?
If D’Souza needs psychological counseling, how much more those who are flagrantly sexual? Is it smart, wise, productive, constructive to have sex with everything that walks upright? Is it wise to engage in the most dangerous forms of sexual behavior, on a regular basis….for money? Does it make sense to anyone but those who do it? And how many psychologists would say there’s nothing wrong with it, if that’s what you want to do?
It’s a crazy world! It always has been! But, ‘crazy’ got acceptable, in part, when the psychological community started telling people what was ‘normal’ or ‘abnormal.’ Generally, these people are standing against The Word of God! And they’re the one’s making the judgments regarding Normal or Abnormal.
Can you see where this is going? Oops! We’re Already There!
Most Americans cannot say they are truly happy. Why is this? We live in the best country in the world! We have the most money, the best technologies — most of which are represented in our homes. We can do most anything we wish, go wherever we choose and accumulate wealth for our old age.
Most people of the world cannot say a tenth of this! Other Western nations are not as prosperous and indulged as are we. Our middle class live in spacious homes (1000 sq. ft and more). We have central heat, hot water and air conditioning. In Europe, these things are still rudimentary in many places. Watch British TV shows and pay attention to the plumbing or electrical systems. We had better in the 1960’s than much of what we see in these homes.
Yet Americans are among the most dissatisfied and unhappy. This discouragement is often touted as a cause, when some heinous crime is committed or someone kills them self. Why are we so unhappy? unfulfilled? unsatisfied?
Well, Scientists have now Cracked The Code To Happiness! The Minnesota Mayo Clinic announced a few weeks ago (June 2015) that they had “cracked the code to being happy.”
“Happiness Is A Habit,” says the chief researcher, Dr. Amit Sood. “Some of us are born with it; others have to choose it.”
It has been long held, apparently, that some people are simply happy, by nature, and others not so much. We all know the human mind seems to focus on negative experiences, more than positive. Studies show it takes 10 Positive comments to offset 1 Negative.
What this Study indicates is that happy people intuitively know that their happiness is the sum total of their life choices, and their lives are built around the following pillars:
Devoting time to family and friends
Appreciating what they have
Maintaining an optimistic outlook
Feeling a sense of purpose
Living in the moment
The only thing they left out was the Settled Conviction that God is “working all things together for good….” Rom. 8:28
Oh…did I mention this promise is only for those who are the called according to His purpose?
I know…it’s a Catch. However, there are Bible verses (promises and instructions) that apply to all people; concepts the Mayo Clinic Study just discovered. Taking the Study’s List and applying Bible Verses, we have this sample:
Pro 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity
Heb. 13:5 Let your conversation [behavior] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Pro 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones
Col. 3:23 …whatsover ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men
Mt. 6:34 Take no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
There are more verses and even more principles that bear on this subject, throughout the Bible. It’s more than a Devotional Guide.
Dr. Robert Jastrow, an accomplished NASA scientist once cleverly said: “For the scientist who has lvied by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
What Makes YOU Happy? Is it Enduring? Is it Constructive? Will it last for Eternity?
Stop hoping this world system will produce anything but frustration, challenge and heartache….and get on with what’s REAL about life.
Happiness and/or Discouragement Are In Your Hands.
Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn Jenner and no one better think otherwise! That’s the subtext of the Media Blitz surrounding Jenner’s sex-change.
Sex-change is the least we can call this process. Nothing changed but the outside package. Jenner is still a man. A conflicted man, perhaps, but still a man. A man living in a household of immature and pampered women, exposed to all their emotions and silliness.
Because they are part of the “Beautiful People” of this world and because they have lots of money, the dumb things they do and say are offered as ‘significant’ and ‘meaningful.’ Is this one of them?
Is his change the result of being ‘left-out?’ Is it because of being isolated with these women for so many years? Is it because of something his Mother did, or Father? Is it because he simply has too much time on his hands, to think about things that really don’t matter, and enough money to do whatever he wants?
We don’t know. The world, however, doesn’t care. It only cares about whatever makes Bruce happy. Will this change make him a happier person? If the statistics are right, NO!
According to a 2008 Survey, conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, along with the National Center for Transgender Equality, transgendered persons are 4 times as likely to suffer from HIV infection; 2 times more likely to be homeless; 2 times as likely to be unemployed; 4 times as likely to have incomes under $10,000 a year.
41% of transgendered people in America attempt suicide.
70% misuse drugs and alcohol just to cope with their lives
2% report being homeless [that’s twice the National avg]
According to at least one evaluation of what is called psychiatric Axis I Comorbidity [Axis I is a psychiatric Class; Comorbidity refers to several disorders impacting the patient at the same time], 62.7% have unreported mental disorders: 33.7% depressive disorder, 20.5% specific disorder, and 15.7% adjustment disorder.
The psychiatric community refers to those who are now being called transgender, as suffering from Gender Dysphoria — a diagnosis of depression. However, now we are not permitted to call it that, so the depression goes untreated.
Under this assumption, a person becomes depressed for long periods, has a markedly diminished interest in life, loses or gains a significant amount of weight, is tired a lot of the time, feels worthless or experiences inappropriate guilt and has recurrent thoughts of death (not merely the fear of death) and recurrent suicidal ideation.
So? So we change their gender identification and they feel better!
Dr. Paul McHugh was Psychiatrist In Chief at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, beginning in 1975. While there he oversaw studies designed to determine the validity of sex-change operations. The psychiatric community was viewing sex as something different from gender. One being our genetic heritage, the other a product of our cultural influences (starting with the family).
Their initial findings indicated that, while most of those they tracked down, years after their surgery, were contented with what they had done, they were experiencing the same problems now as before. They still had the same problems with relationships, work and their emotions. Their hope of flourishing psychologically had not been fulfilled.
Dr. McHugh concludes by admitting, “I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex-reassignment.” “We have wasted scientific and technical resources and damaged our professional credibility by collaborating with madness rather than trying to study, cure, and ultimately prevent it.”
You can read the Report at FirstThings.com
HERE’S THE THING: In a world where every young person is supposed to be happy, fulfilled and fully satisfied, is there any wonder there’s an increase in emotional disorders? [I’m not a fan of the word “disorder” because it implies this thing, whatever it is, is not my fault and I can’t change it without YOUR help]
In a world where every American is supposed to have everything they want (they call it a Need), whether we can afford it or not, whether it’s ultimately good for us or not, the Do-Gooders, Sympathizers and Socialists among us make sure we understand that nothing is really our fault. It’s the people in our lives who have created whatever problems we have, by repressing our desires, etc. So…is it any wonder there’s a lot of craziness going around? Of course, that, too, is not our fault.
Bruce Jenner is worth about $10 million. This means he lives in a fantasy world. He doesn’t have to work; doesn’t have to budget; doesn’t have to go without until he can save up for it; doesn’t have to reap what he’s sowed (within reason). His physical and financial world is very forgiving and supportive.
He has been married three times, each wife giving him two children before he moved on. This time (at 65 years of age) his ‘moving on,’ consists of staying put, but changing his gender (?) Am I the only one who sees a pattern? His older children will not participate in this Season’s ‘Coming Out Party.’
In terms of his Choices? Choices bring results. All the money in the world will not keep you from feeling badly, should you violate your value system. All the money in the world will not compensate for being a selfish husband or wife; for raising spoiled brats. The knowledge that you could have done more or better, will keep you up at night, no matter how rich and famous you may be.
Wealthy people tend to live isolated lives. They don’t believe they really need anyone. This means they don’t really have to behave. How does 30 years of running away from responsibility and/or commitment impact your psyche? (that’s soul) The answer will vary with the individual, however, every life-choice brings with it a result.
The experts have no idea why there is such a flurry of what they’re calling transgenderism, these days. Is it in the water? Is it damaged chromosomes, due to decades of drug use? Is the gene pool being corrupted? Or is it simply the result of a dissatisfaction with life, coupled with a corporate attitude that No One Should Have To Suffer or that Since We Can Do This, Why Not?
The long-term statistics for these people are not encouraging. I saw a picture of a what appeared to be a 30-ish pregnant ‘man’ with tattoos, being held and comforted by another 30-ish old man. The brain just can’t process that sort of thing!!!
However, those who resist will be ostracized. The ‘Borg’ WILL win!
A Recent Gallup Poll (May 6-10, 2015) indicates a New Record High number of Americans [51%] support same-sex “marriage.” Eight major studies of identical twins in Australia (the largest twin register in use) indicate Same-Sex Attraction is NOT genetic.
Which Report will you believe? It’s a classic: Are you going to believe the truth or your lying eyes?
A majority of Americans now believe human beings are driven toward Same-Sex attraction by their genetic code, when the reality is just the opposite. In fact, Studies Show that “about half of the homosexual / bisexual population (in a non-therapeutic environment) moves toward heterosexuality over a lifetime. About 3% of the present heterosexual population once firmly believed themselves to be homosexual or bisexual.” [Dr. Neil Whitehead]
Convinced? About 70% of the public would say NO!
Dr. Whitehead has been a scientific researcher for 24 years. He has spent four years working for the United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency. Most recently, he serves as a consultant to Japanese Universities about the effects of radiation exposure. His PhD is in biochemistry and statistics.
About 70% of the public? No Degrees. No Experience. Plenty of Opinion.
Where does all this ‘opinion’ come from? The Media. It has been a Masterful PR effort, beginning in the 1990’s, to shape our view of homosexuality. Dr. Al Mohler, Pres. of Southern Baptist Seminary in Kentucky, writes: ‘A partial explanation of the homosexual movement’s success can be traced to the 1989 publication of After The Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear And Hatred Of Gays In The 90s.
This book outlines the Strategy
1. Repackage yourself as mainstream…demanding equal treatment [Civil Rights]
2. Establish your victimhood [Human Rights]
3. Talk freely & incessantly about your beliefs / practices
4. Portray yourself as victims of circumstance, not aggressive challengers
5. Keep the ‘crazy fringe groups’ under cover / out of sight
6. Emphasize The Haters! Quote those non-homosexuals willing to co-exist
How’re They Doing? Americans are known for their sympathy. They don’t like to see people being taken advantage of or persecuted. Casting homosexuals as victims elicits our sense of fair play and causes us to be angry with anyone who NOW says these folks are ‘bad people.’
What constitutes ‘Bad?’ The idea that these folks have chosen a dangerous, destructive and disgusting sexual practice, when everyone knows they can’t help it! They were born this way.
There have been NO scientific studies (to date) proving that homosexuality is genetic. Every accepted study has gone the other way. In fact, Whitehead writes: ‘Neutral Academic Surveys’ have indicated about half of the homosexual / bisexual population [in a non-therapeutic environment] moves towards heterosexuality over a lifetime. About 3% of the present heterosexual population once firmly believed themselves to be homosexual or bisexual.”
“Sexual orientation is NOT set in concrete,” he notes. “The majority of change is towards exclusive heterosexuality.”
IF homosexuality were genetic, identical twins (who share the same DNA) should reflect a consistent and dramatically similar sexual predisposition. They Do Not.
In 2002, Bearman and Brueckner studied tens of thousands of adolescent students in the U.S. the same-sex attraction concordance between identical twins was only 7.7% for males and 5.3% for girls. The 2000 Australian Study indicated 11% and 14% [Bailey et al].
Did I mention Bearman and Brueckner were pro-gay? They found that “from 16 to 17 years of age, if a person had a romantic attraction to the same sex, almost ALL had switched one year later. They found that the only stability was among heterosexuals, who stayed the same year after year. Adolescents, apparently, change their attractions from year to year.” [What’s New?]
Psychiatrists William Byne and Bruce Parsons summarize the science: “Critical review shows the evidence favoring a biologic theory to be lacking…. In fact, the current trend may be to underrate the explanatory power of extant psychosocial models.” In other words: Homosexuality is a psychological malady, not something people are born with.
Will this make ANY difference in how the average American will view homosexuality? Not This Year!
Why Not? Because the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Given a choice between godliness and personal gratification, you already know which will win. ALSO…the PR has been Masterful and millions of Americans have bought into the idea that homosexuals just can’t help themselves….AND…you Christians are bigots!