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Old 12-15-2014, 12:26 PM
 
Location: The Mid South
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Mental illness is prevalent in the church. Why? Because it is prevalent in the human race. It can be caused by fever, injury, heightened by circumstances and/or birth defects. Every church that I have ever been connected with has had individuals and/or families dealing with some aberration of the human mind. Many times I have been able to identify a problem and help the individual find help. How is your church addressing this common problem?
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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If Op is not trolling, then this is just plain silly. There are plenty of mentally ill people who aren't church-goers. ( And that's leaving aside exactly what "the church" is. They are all different, after all.) The mentally ill are all over. No institution in the US has a corner on harboring the mentally ill, except, unfortunately, our prisons. But unlike the prisons, most churches and clergy will at least try to steer a mentally ill person toward thearapy or treatment rather than solitary confinement.
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Old 12-17-2014, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Purgatory
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Well, I was raised Catholic so we did exorcisms (jk)

I don't think church is a place to "deal" w mental illness. That is best left to the doctors and therapists. The church should play a supportive role, especially in charity as a lot of people with mental disabilities are in need of financial assistance.
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Old 12-17-2014, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz
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I don't understand the question, not sure if I am missing something but it wouldn't be the first time

What do you mean how does the church deal with it?

Aside from praying for their healing.. as we all would pray for anyone who has any type of sickness, I can't get what is different with handling them
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:22 PM
 
Location: PANAMA
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Mental illness is prevalent in the church. Why? Because it is prevalent in the human race. It can be caused by fever, injury, heightened by circumstances and/or birth defects. Every church that I have ever been connected with has had individuals and/or families dealing with some aberration of the human mind. Many times I have been able to identify a problem and help the individual find help. How is your church addressing this common problem?
In the Catholic Church on the group I'm a member of (Neocatecumenal Way) they instruct the person to go seek help, if there any mental therapist in the group usually they help the person for free.

Mental illness is besides all, an illness, but the first step is the patient needs to acknowledge the situation.
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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I can see how some churches at least would attract those who might be in distress which could be a result of mental illness of some form (depression, anxiety ...). These churches offer a form of therapy by the way they operate or their 'culture' and by providing a safe environment. Their method is prayer and community. They can also be full of BS.

When my son was young and in distress we took him to my wife's pastor for counselling. I think it helped.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:23 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Mental illness is prevalent in the church. Why? Because it is prevalent in the human race. It can be caused by fever, injury, heightened by circumstances and/or birth defects. Every church that I have ever been connected with has had individuals and/or families dealing with some aberration of the human mind. Many times I have been able to identify a problem and help the individual find help. How is your church addressing this common problem?
As a retired psychiatrist, with over 45years experience in treating mental illnesses, I have witnessed a lot of suffering inside of church-goers, as much as with those who have no religios upbringing. In my own church, we attempt to help those with mental problems as we provide to those with purely physical illnesses, even though we all have some degree of mental abnormalities.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:35 PM
 
Location: I'm around here someplace :)
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As a retired psychiatrist, with over 45years experience in treating mental illnesses, I have witnessed a lot of suffering inside of church-goers, as much as with those who have no religios upbringing. In my own church, we attempt to help those with mental problems as we provide to those with purely physical illnesses, even though we all have some degree of mental abnormalities.
That's the type of approach that keeps the pharmaceutical companies in business.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:57 PM
 
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Some folk would say that adherence to Organised Religion is in fact, Mental Illness in itself.
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Old 09-05-2015, 08:49 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Well, I was raised Catholic so we did exorcisms (jk) .
Well, the Catholic nuns in 1950s elementary school taught us how to feel guilty about practically everything.

Seriously though, quite a few kids couldn't hack the discipline and had to transfer to public school.
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