Caring for The Mentally Ailing Persons
One of my college buddies was famous and was also a typical nerd. Despite of his poor communication skills and sarcasm behaviors towards other students, his personal hygiene was wanting. He used to face difficulties and rough times because of his behavior towards others. We however we noticed that our fellow college mate was suffering from a mental disorder
His occurrences were never bothered by social functions or crowds. There are times he would walk in an event and disrupt the peace and joyous moments taking place. 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. For you to relate with them, you have to be patient and calm them down when they get agitated, a role I took in college. We would struggle but eventually manage to flee him from people who did not understand him
The bigger percentage in our society is not aware of the inappropriate and feelings experienced by persons with mental disorder and may harm them to protect themselves. The mentally stable individuals may think is a provocative behavior that these schizophrenia patients acquire. Though it is not right to treat anyone with disrespect, most college students would give an excuse for not being aware of the mental conditions of our friend. Our institution being a Christian college, I could not comprehend their behavior.
Knowing this is not an abnormality but a mental disorder the society shows no compassion for people struggling with these illnesses. The role lies with every one of us with the church taking the lead, to show compassion and care to the patients suffering from mental instability. We have to live in reality and understand every disorder is manageable, and there are right medications to help these patients recover. Very true that we believe that God is our true healer, but we have to take the right medication, it does not affect our faith at all.
At times one may wonder, if the treatment prescribed for mental illnesses is dissimilar to physical treatments, and what is the connection with Christian faith. What makes antidepressants different from chemotherapy We should not divide the mind and the body, you cannot be complete without the two. Mental disorder is a spiritual matter, and it demands spiritual solutions. However, we have to be realistic and care for our brothers and sisters who are vulnerable.
It is impressing to witness the change that our brothers and sisters are embracing. Combination of counselling and antidepressants to manage schizophrenia is happening in our churches today. The total care and compassion to mentally unstable persons in our community will improve their recovery period.
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