If you have ever spent time around a person who has a mental illness, you may have found it to be quite exhausting.
A person with a mental illness may believe they are okay, and not listen to you when you tell them they may need help.
One should not confuse sadness or mourning with mental illness, although these things can trigger depression and sometimes an unstable mind.
Many have found faith to be a source of comfort and a relationship with Jesus Christ a source of strength. The scriptures tell us that anxiety in the heart of a man causes depression. Jesus himself is known for saying be anxious for nothing. Many a time when I was steering towards my own moments of depression, I have asked the question,” what am I anxious about?” Once I pinpointed the source, then and only then could I see my way past that feeling, with the help of God.
Being depressed does not mean you are mentally ill, although you may feel like it at times. It is very important to get some sunshine and think about why you might be anxious. Has something happened to trigger anxiety in your heart?
I have a half aunt who’s genes were her enemy. Her body did not produce a certain hormone we all need. Through medication and a strong will, she adapted the best she could.
Anytime I was around her, I noticed she did all kinds of things to stay in a state of happiness, yet there was an underlying sadness there.
People who have a delicate mind need the conversations to be very positive. They need life to remain stable, as they have a hard time adapting to change. This was not in the equation for my aunt, she was a military’s wife and that was a source of stress in her life.
It is also very important to keep in mind, they are capable of wrong doing or mistakes just like the rest of us, but it is much more difficult for these people to admit to the error of their ways.
They need to be admonished just he same, but be prepared for an extreme reaction at times from them.
I began this article by making the comment that it might be exhausting being around a person suffering from a mental illness. Although this is true, they need us. It is important to constantly remind oneself of their condition before being around them. After all, it is a mental illness. They can make you feel attacked, by them, or even bring you to a point of mental instability and depression.
The Bible instructs us to love one another, and pray for one another. Through Christ all things are possible!