Sadly with many marriage breakdowns, there are more people in lonely situations.I forget the details, memory has become unreliable due to illness and meds,the BBC has done an article on middle-aged men alone this Christmas. Apparently there are several thousands in UK. Understandably many people are aware of the lonely elderly at this time. Everyone, I think assumes that this time of year doesn't impact upon male adults
... or it's just your interpretation that this is what happens.How could one even imagine such a thing as people who might have behaved in a sane way before, when meeting the Faith, demonstrating passive-aggressive, narcissistic, psychopathic behaviour as a defence against this absolutely incomprehensible reality?
"Mental illness" according to whose definition of "mental illness"?How do we bridge a gap of understanding mental illness and reconciling it with our blessed faith.
Do we judge those among us who have illness of any kind, with love and understanding?
Then it must be refreshing when you find one that will tell you they all come from the same source and choose your own path and make up your own mind.For someone who is not affiliated with any particular religion, the situation with different religions is like being pulled by a dozen people in different religions, and they're all saying the same thing ("Follow me, I am right, and all the others are wrong!"), but each of them is pulling in a different direction.
Dear Sophia,"Mental illness" according to whose definition of "mental illness"?
Why subscribe to a religion, but then, in some areas of life, subscribe to the definitions made by people who less or more oppose said religion??
I concur with Sebastian 100%. There's still so much societal ignorance re this difficult aspect of illnessI had a psychosis 10 years ago that would have been diagnosed as schizophrenia, had it lasted longer. For these four weeks, my perception of reality was distorted, much like people might describe a bad LSD trip or such. It was NOT a matter of a false attitude, "bad mood". It was a false balance of brain chemistry and very real.
Fortunately, I got medication that quickly helped me. I've been taking it on a low dose since then, attempts at quitting it were not successful, but thanks to this medication, I can live a happy, "normal" life now.
It was this very experience that triggered my spiritual journey away from atheism.
I'd like to say it clearly here: Anyone who claims mental illness does not exist, or is just a matter of definition, is clearly either ignorant or totally lacking empathy here. Likewise, I cannot agree with anyone who dismisses the value of Western medicine when it comes to this topic.
There are serious forms of mental illness that are not any less real than a broken bone, and some which can just as well be addressed with standard material medicine -- though, needless to say, a purely materialistic life will be just as one-sided for a person with a mental illness, like for everybody else.
I'm sorry if I'm too direct saying this, but this topic is "close to home" for me. The world would certainly be a better place if more people had more empathy with people suffering from one form of mental illness or another.