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50% of Americans will have a reported mental disorder

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It is estimated that up to 50-percent of Americans will have a reported mental disorder in their lifetime, and many more have problems that go unreported.

The Department of Health & Human Services says, "Mental health problems affect one in every five young people at any given time."

I believe if the truth were known, it is probably more than that. Having some type of a mental disorder is a serious problem that plagues our society and the Church today; in society, for obvious reasons, and in the Church because repentance, for the most part, is not taught.

Mental illness comes into a person's life through disobedience to the Voice of God and His Commandments either through the generational iniquities of the forefathers and/or through parents not bringing their children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Isaiah 1:2-8 confirms this, where God says, "Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; for the Lord speaks, "Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me. Alas, sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, sons who act corruptly! They have abandoned the Lord. They have despised the Holy One of Israel. They have turned away from Him. Where will you be stricken again, as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick (speaks not of a sick man but of one flogged in the head), and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head there is nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts, and raw wounds, not pressed out or bandaged, nor softened
with oil. Your land is desolate, your cities are burned with fire, it is desolation, as overthrown by strangers and the daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a watchman's hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city."

To besiege means: to surround with hostile forces or troops i.e. the powers of darkness. It means to crowd around or hem in, to harass or importune, as with requests (voices), to cause to feel distressed or worried, to attack from all sides, to assail assault or set upon.

The Scripture in Romans 1 warns us of the consequences of exchanging the truth of God for a lie and worshipping the creature rather than the Creator.

In verse 28, it states, "And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved (reprobate) mind, to do those things which are not proper. Could this possibly one of the causes of Alzheimer's? Children who do not grow up with parental discipline do not feel loved and hate themselves. People who hate themselves and who do not feel good about themselves have low serotonin levels and have addictive types of personalities.

Proverbs 15:32 says, "He who neglects discipline despises (hates, loathes, abhors) himself."

Proverbs 13:24 says, "He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently" and Proverbs 22:15 says, "Foolishness (folly) is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him."

There are many positive sides of discipline: love, care, nurture, fellowship, communication, protection, guidance, teaching, training, provision, affection, hugs, kisses, encouragement, comfort, forgiveness, patience, affirmation, encouragement, etc. The only negative side of discipline is the rod if a child does not listen. 

A parent's failure to discipline their children often leads them to bemoan the monsters they have created. The Good News is that when parents cease enabling, and they and their children line up with the Word of God, God restores the years the locusts have eaten and healing comes.

The world gives a person no hope for the healing of mental illness. Some years back, I had a woman come to me from another state for deliverance.

She said, "My psychiatrist said I can never be healed of my mental illness." I answered her, "Your psychiatrist is right. If you continue looking to him and the world for answers, you will never be healed. But if you look to Jesus, the Great Physician, and meet His conditions, He will heal you." The condition is in a person aligning himself with the Word of God through repentance.

God tells us in Colossians 2:8,9: "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ."

The world and psychology teach doctrines of demons. Psychology can actually cause a person to be brought into greater bondage. This is always compounded by the mind altering drugs that are prescribed which keeps a person in a drunken state and can cause them to fall away from the faith.

1Timothy 4:1 says, "But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons." 1Thessalonians 5:6 says, "So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober."

Jesus said in Matthew 12:30 "He who does not gather (to bring parts together) with Me scatters..." (To cause to separate and go in different directions).

Notice the whole subject of Matthew 12:22-30 is deliverance. Sin opens a person up to demons that cause them to be scattered.

One of the curses listed in Deuteronomy 28:25 is, "The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them, but you shall flee seven ways before them, and you shall be an example of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth."

The world calls this mental condition in its' compounded state, MPD (multiple personality disorder) or more recently has defined it as DID (disassociate identity disorder).

God promises that through repentance and alignment with the Word of God, He will gather us from all the places where we have been scattered.
The world calls it a societal problem but the Bible makes it clear that mental illness is a curse.

Deuteronomy 28:34 says, "And you shall be driven mad by the sight of what you see." Deuteronomy 28:28 says, "The Lord will smite you with madness and with blindness and with bewilderment of heart."

The dictionary defines mad and madness as suffering from a disorder of the mind. It means to be temporarily or apparently deranged by violent sensations, emotions, or ideas.

A person who is mad or has madness is lacking in restraint or reason; marked by extreme excitement, confusion, or agitation; frantic, crazy or deranged. It is the quality or condition of being insane.

Mad and madness means to have mental disorders impairing the capacity to function adequately: mental illness, alienation, dementia, lunacy, mania, irrational, obsessive behavior, monomania, compulsiveness, fanaticism, psychosis, psychotic, delusional, hallucinatory, psychoneurotic, schizoid, schizophrenic, unthinking, fallacious, illogical, unreasonable, unsound, clouded, cloudy, muddled, disturbed, unbalanced, neurotic, touched, sick, unhinged, unstable, paranoid, paranoiac, raving, nutty, loopy, batty, daft, hydrophobic, rabid and foaming. Proverbs 26:2 says, "Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, so a curse without cause does not alight."

The spiritual root to mental illness without exception is rebellion, which is violating the Word of God and His Commandments. God gives us His solution to mental illness.

It is found in Romans 12:1-2, where it says, I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."

In other words, submit your life to God, renew your mind with the Word of God and enter into the process of aligning your life with the Word of God.
1 Peter 2:24 says "And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might (1) Die to sin and (2) Live to righteousness (3) For by His wounds you were healed."

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MarkCA 10/19/2010 13:53:22
You see, this kind of magical and goofy thinking is why we stopped going to church for cures when we were sick. Whether its a Shaman, A Priest, Witch Doctor or Minister, these folks know NOTHING about the real reasons why someone is sick. The Doctor, however, has a much better idea. That is because the Doctor uses the SCIENTIFIC METHOD, a proven method that, given the evidence, can solve any problem we have. The Minister will pray (which does nothing) and make the sick person feel bad (which does nothing except make this person worse) and maybe chant some mumbo jumbo and roll on the floor a lot. Guess who's method works?
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erin 10/19/2010 13:56:36
Sorry. The only person I see with mental illness is the one who wrote this "article". Anyone who listens to the "Voice" of God, or any "voice" for that matter, is most likely schizophrenic. And why is this in the News section?
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msanthrope 10/19/2010 14:47:56
No. Obviously, the owner, the editor, and the publisher of this newspaper also aren't wrapped too tight.
EllisCountyWTF? 10/19/2010 14:22:38
Is this a joke? It's incredibly sad that mental illness - which is all-too-real to millions of people - is reduced to simply a question of whether one is obidient or not to a deity. I would hope the Editor will not be affected by someone in his/her family being diagnosed with Alzheimer's or senile dementia or schizophrenia or any of the countless disorders out there.

Having worked in psychiatric hospitals as an RN for several years, I have first-hand knowledge of the severity of these mental illnesses and I can assure the editor and readers that none of these is the result of disobedience to a deity. In fact, some of our sickest patients are curiously some of our most religious patients - they hear voices of God and angels all the time.

This article has absolutely nothing that even remotely resembles science when it comes to mental illness. Instead, it is a recitation of religious doctrines and, despite the interpretative spin, these have nothing to do or offer to mental illness or the mentally ill, not to mention their families.
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VioletBlue 10/19/2010 14:47:55
Good grief, this is satire, right? Right? I thought so...whew, I almost believed that this was a serious article.
Dr. Julia Manson-Wright 10/19/2010 22:13:49
I can't begin to tell you how offensive this is.One of my patients who lives in the area showed this "News" article to me.you have done more to harm those with mental illness than you will ever be able to realize.Humanity would never have attacked sick individuals when they needed help.Your periodical should be ashamed to list this as "news",and headline it as an article relating to metal illness.You have injured many of your readers with these comments.
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Gloria Deacon 10/19/2010 22:22:19
My granddaughter has serious depression since being raped at 14.Is that your God's will?We must be worshipping a different Lord.This type of language does nothing but hurt.
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Donald West 10/19/2010 22:48:35
My wife showed me this over dinner.Our son has PTSD after serving in Iraq 3 times.Does God dislike him?This would cause one who is looking for spiritual help doubt.It's a good thing my wife and I are true Christians who believe in unconditional love as did Jesus.I hope you can find some comfort from the true,loving God.Come to my church,United Methodist Lancaster for loving worship.We will welcome you.
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Jexpat 10/19/2010 23:06:17
From the sound of this, it appears that the author may have some personal experience with untreated mental illness.
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Melinda O'Donnell 10/19/2010 23:18:07
My sister who lives in Cedar Hill called me.I have been trying for several years to get some help for my mother,who declined after the death of my father.What did my mom do wrong that God would hate her this much?How can someone have faith in a lord with this kind of vengence?I was raised in the Baptist faith,and we were never taught this type of mean-spirited worship.It made me cry to read it.
Laura Lasala 10/20/2010 22:39:05
I was horrified and sickened to read this alleged 'news story' - with a byline! This is an opinion, not news. It is hurtful, cruel and I believe the author owes an apology for writing this piece. I am shocked that she even has a job as a journalist - I am sick to my stomach. Geri McGhee might do better to get a job as a minister. Same goes for the misleading headline and whoever wrote that. Sad, sad, sad. Awaiting apology Ms McGhee - this is not "news" at all. I can't help but wonder how you live with yourself writing such harmful stories.
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