A State of Mind
Mental Health. What is it? Why is it important? Mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. Our mental health can affect our daily lives, our physical health, and our relationships with friends and family. It’s a huge part of our everyday lives. Just like we can have physical issues, such as sickness or broken bones, we can also have mental issues, such as anxiety and depression.
Unfortunately, a lot of people think that mental health is not important. They view it as your imagination or just dwelling on the negative. Then there are others who say because you have depression or anxiety that you need to seek help from a mental institution because you are not right in the brain. I have heard these statements from friends who have been bashed by others because of their anxiety and depression.
Along with this, people ask the most insensitive questions, which can actually make the situation worse. For example, why don’t you just see a doctor? You are a Christian, isn’t following Christ enough? Why don’t you just ask God to heal you? Why don’t you repent your sins, because that could be the issue? Can’t you just take a pill for it? It’s not that simple. Not all doctors believe in mental health, and a pill can only treat the symptoms, not fix the problem. Also, Christians can have depression or anxiety and be living a Godly life. Mental health has to do with the brain which is part of the human body, and it’s not completely a spiritual issue. This is because it can occur from a traumatic event, such as abuse or a post-traumatic incident. Can God help you overcome it? Absolutely. As a Christian, I believe that human beings have a body and a soul. They go hand-in-hand; God wants to restore all that He has created.
God knows what we are going through, and He knows exactly how mental illness can affect us in so many ways. Because of sin, we are all going to die and our bodies are deteriorating day by day. However, even though our bodies are weakening and are prone to so many diseases that affect our minds and health, our souls can live forever. This is why Christ suffered, died for us, and rose again, so that after we die, our souls will be free of all the torment they once had experienced.