Understanding and Treating Mentally Challenged Persons with Care
One of my college buddies was famous and was also a typical nerd. 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 occurrences were never bothered by social functions or crowds. For instance, he gets hysterics whenever he comes across someone performing. People suffering from Schizophrenia are a challenge to interact and understand, and these leaves a dilemma in the community on how such individuals manage their life. You at times have to try hard and calm them down, and this was our role with my friend in college. We could try to get him away from the sight of the cruel crowd.
Most people will not understand the long-term mental disorder behaviors and may harm the suffering individuals in their defense. 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. Expecting the upholding of humanity principles in a Christian institution, our friend was openly disdain actions that I could not apprehend.
Knowing this is not an abnormality but a mental disorder the society shows no compassion for people struggling with these illnesses. It is a task that every individual including the church, to take charge in caring for the mentally ailing patients. 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.
It is not clear how mental therapy would affect Christian faith, a believe or analogy that is not mentioned in other physical treatments. What makes antidepressants different from chemotherapy 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. The mental illness is termed as a spiritual issue which requires solutions of spiritual interventions. We however, need to be real when dealing with the patients who are
experiencing mental disorders.
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. The step shows commitment and passion towards the Schizophrenia patients in our society.