For much of the past 2,000 years, mental illness was deemed to be a sign of demonic possession and treated by the church. One strategy to restoring mental health was to perform an exorcism.
Today, we are modern and wise and we know that demonic possession is nonsense–but we do believe in “multiple personalities”. It makes me laugh. How much real difference is there between a belief in being possessed by a demon and a psychiatrist’s belief in being “possessed” by an alternate personality?
In any case, the “science” of psychology is based on the premise that all mental illness is caused by natural problems such as genetic faults, chemical imbalances, emotional trauma or physical trauma. For shrinks, man is simply a peculiar machine without any “soul” or “spirit” and thus not subject to super-natural forces. From the shrink’s perspective, we can each be “tuned up” with drugs, talk or surgery, much the same as a competent mechanic would tune up an automobile engine.
I don’t doubt that some or even most mental illness can be attributed to natural causes and corrected with a proper “tune up”. Nevertheless, I don’t trust the “science” of psychology because it’s not only fundamentally atheistic, but anti-God. Insofar as psychology recognizes only physical and “natural” causes for mental illness or turmoil, I believe that psychology is refusing to recognize even the possibility that mental illness can sometimes be caused by supernatural causes.
I’ve never been treated for mental illness or diagnosed as mentally ill, but I’m convinced that I’ve had a problem with depression for much of my life. (To belabor the obvious, let me observe that “depression is no fun.”)
But I also know that in the midst or my depressed periods I’ve had some of my most lucid intellectual and even profound spiritual moments. I’m convinced that for me, at least, depression is simply God’s “ring tone”. When He wants me to learn something, I believe He puts me into a depression. When I’m depressed, I’m not so “full of myself” and I’m more willing to “listen”. Result? While depressed I’m much more willing to hear God’s faint, faint voice.
To greater or lesser degree, I was afraid of depression for most of 20 years. I dreaded the idea of going into another episode because, in a depressed state, I was largely incapacitated in terms or relating to others. But then, in A.D. 2003, I realized that each of depressions were simply God’s way of saying “Hey you! Pay attention! I want to talk to you!”
Once I realized that, for me, depression was the “hot line” to God, I lost all fear of depression. Now (strangely), depression is cause for celebration since it’s evidence that God thinks enough of me to give me a “call” every so often. I still have occasional bouts with depression, but they’re rare and I don’t fear them. Maybe once or twice a year, I’ll become slowly aware that “something’s wrong”. I don’t feel right. I’ll start to wonder what the problem is, and then it’ll come to me: Ohh! I’m beginning to feel depressed! God wants to teach me something!
Solution? Start reading the Bible and praying until I “get the message”. A new insight will resonate with me. I’ll know it’s from God and the depression will end right there. Insofar as I have depressions nowadays, they only last a few hours to maybe half a day. No biggie.
I relate this story in part to illustrate that I know from personal experience that, in my case at least, mental illness involves the God of the Bible. If that’s true, then the “sciences” of psychology and psychiatry are deficient since they implicitly deny the existence or influence of God in relation to mental illness and will not and cannot treat those instances of mental illness caused by supernatural forces.
I’ve had one episode of depression that lasted for five years. It didn’t end until I began to “listen” to the Good LORD. (No, I didn’t hear a voice talking to me. But I’d start paying attention to things other than myself, and all the sudden, I’d reach a new level of insight or understanding that “resonated” with me in a way that that I attributed to the Good LORD rather than whatever book I was reading.) My point is that, in my experience, if the Good LORD wants to talk to me, He is very persistent and He will keep “calling” (putting me into a depression) until I finally consent to “listen”.
Therefore, I wonder how many others might be like me in that they are subject to depression caused by God wanting to heard? How many people see a shrink and take some medication to suppress the symptoms of depression? If my experience with depression has any application to others, then anyone who’s taking meds to suppress the symptoms of depression, may be essentially refusing to take God’s “call”.
My experience suggests that a depression may not stop until the person “takes the call” from God. If I’m right, it may well be that many of those suffering from depression will continue to suffer so long as they’re taking meds prescribed by a shrink–or even self-medicating with alcohol, pot or meth. I.e., the meds used to escape the symptoms of depression may actually prolong the depression. The cure may simply be to get off the meds, start praying, start reading the Bible, and start listening for God’s voice. If you’re like me, once you get God’s message, the depression may end. But the depression won’t end until you take God’s “call”.
I’m not recommending that anyone who’s taking medication for depression stop doing so. I’m only telling my story and describing what worked for me. Whether my “treatment” will help even one other man or woman on the face of this earth is unknown to me.
In any case, you can see why I distrust shrinks, psychology and psychiatry. They may be imposing “treatments” that extend, rather than alleviate, mental illness based on supernatural forces.
Despite my distrust, here’s a very informative video that deals with the mental illness of people labeled as “psychopaths“. This video is presented from a psychological (not spiritual) perspective. I listen to the video and every time the narrator says “psychopath” or “sociopath” I just think “evil” or “evil man” or some such. Given that bit of mental editing, I find the video illuminating.
The author makes a compelling case that psychopaths (I’d say “evil men”) have a natural affinity for, and talent to achieve, positions of wealth and power in the arenas of politics, law enforcement, gangs, major corporations and religion. He is no doubt right.
Curiously, so far as I can recall, the narrator did not suggest that psychopaths could also rise to positions of wealth and power in the field of psychology and psychiatry. But I don’t doubt that some our best-known shrinks are also psycho’s.
The video is worth your time. You might want to listen to it more than once. The narrator’s comments on threatening psycho’s with exposure parallels one of my fundamental lawsuit strategies: make the system risk significant public exposure if they sue you. I’ve said it for years: The only thing the system (a conglomerate of psychos) fears is public exposure. This video implicitly agrees.