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3 Christian Misconceptions about Mental Illness

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I slept 14 hours last night. I’ll get back to this in a moment. I want to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to have bipolar disorder by sharing things as they happen. It’s time to dispel some myths and the best way I know to do that is to become much more open with the details of my life. When I read all the misinformation from Christians condemning other Christians for having mental health problems, it breaks my heart and makes me angry. Dear Christian, if you have a mental health problem, it’s not because you’re a worse sinner than anyone else. Mental illness is not caused by your sin, nor is it a sin to have mental health problems. Okay? There is no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1). Don’t let other Christians make you feel guilty. With that said, mental illness needs to be treated holistically—physical, mental, and spiritual. We cannot merely pop a pill and hope it makes us...

Mental Health for Christians: Biblical Terms for Healing Include the Term for “Therapy”

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Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 2 Mental illness brings many challenges, but perhaps the biggest challenge can be coping with the false beliefs of other Christians. Well-meaning Christians lay additional burdens on people with mental illness by telling them things like: “You just need to pray more (or have more faith for healing).” “It’s a sin to get psychiatric treatment or take psychiatric drugs.” “A mental illness is a sin (or God’s punishment for sin) and you need to repent to get well.” Let’s think about this a moment. Is psychiatric treatment any more wrong that other medical treatment? Why should we expect only miraculous healing? Doesn’t God use the medical community, too? Can’t God use modern medicine to achieve His results? Yes, we are spiritual beings, but we are also a body and mind. When it...