Have you noticed a trend with individuals labeling either themselves or others with mental disorders? It’s online, on television and almost everywhere else. But rising at an equal rate is positive psychology/philosophy, thank goodness! Positive quotes have flooded the market with wall clings/decals, framed art, coloring books (the new art therapy), and much more. Countless motivational speakers offer everything from seminars to cd sets. The quickest way to silence negativity is to counter it with positive. Try it when someone starts to spew negative words all over you. Don’t forget to use love when you respond.
If we are going to pretend to have an illness we should choose the right flavor of neuro disorder. Is pretending to have a mental illness an illness? If so, why pretend or add to? If you confess it long enough will the disorder manifest? According to the faith movement, yes. If they are right and I believe they are, wouldn’t confessing the positive be more beneficial? The following link states there is a sharp rise in mental disorders claims in the UK to collect benefits. This site recognises the trend and offers useful facts about the five most popular.
Both lying and negative labels is opposite of truth, especially if you hold the Bible as the standard for truth. For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. KJV, I Timothy 1:7. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. KJV, Philippians 4:8
God was the first to introduce positive psychology. Reading the above is not only good and true, it makes me feel so much better about being repetitive in my writing. I will not change the last paragraph now! XD I sometimes use a thesaurus too, forgive me.
A few months ago I posted a meditation video and was criticized for doing so by Christians. But scripture supports positive meditations. If you view the following video, please don’t get all twisted and religious on me<<<<<Yes, you may laugh, I did. Truth is truth, whether it is spoken by a well educated French monk, Christian, or Winnie the Pooh. Surely if you have studied other religions and are able discuss them you can handle this. His talk is not religious, enjoy.
If you are a real Christian, winning lost souls should be your main mission. Yes, I know there is a big picture and many avenues of ministry, but isn’t winning souls for the kingdom a Christian’s reason for ministry? I may not be where I should be with God, but if you are a professing Christian, I do know you should be walking in love and obedient to the word of God. Not always as easy done as said.
I believe much of what both Christians and non-believers are suffering physically, mentally and financially can be due to demonic activity. Scripture proves it, all it takes is a little searching in an online Bible (if you don’t own a hard copy) to know this is true. However, this is not always the case but rather something to think about.
A few years ago I remember watching a Glee episode with my daughter. The show encouraged those with mental disorders to speak about it, get help and work towards lessening the stigma. That’s a good thing. What’s disturbing is the popular trend to label ourselves or others to excuse destructive behaviors. The trend seems to be that society as a whole is glamorizing mental disorders. There is nothing glamorous about spending endless days locked inside your home because of anxiety. Happiness is not generated through fits of rage. Depression does not liberate, it suffocates.
My coworker’s brother committed suicide. Darrell (not his real name) stated that his brother suffered from depression and that much of his condition was due to being made fun of in school for years. He never got over the taunting of his physical appearance. Here’s my problem with that, Darrell is a handsome bodybuilder in his early thirties, and his brother looked like him. A healthy self-image is of utmost importance. What or whom we believe can either make us love life or want to end it.
We can go through a season of depression due to circumstances, as was the case with me a couple of times; but situations change for the better and depression often will lift. We may or may not need medication to improve. Darrell stated what his brother was prescribed worsened the condition. I know many people who have said the same. I have never taken any prescribed medication for depression and to be honest, don’t want to. I believe much improvement can be achieved through retraining our minds to think in positive and constructive terms.
Many people are relieved to learn that there is actually a name for what they’ve been battling. Having a therapist tell them it is real and can be treated offers hope. Anyone who has suffered with a mental disorder will tell you it can be debilitating. There is nothing abnormal about wanting to be normal, but what is it? An online dictionary defines normal as: Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. Uh, of what group, country or culture? Being normal can be defined by what environment you were raised in, culture, all kinds of variables figure into what each of us consider to be normal. In one country burning American flags is normal, in the United States it is not. Normal for some people is smoking, drinking and drug use because they were raised around it. What is accepted as normal isn’t always the best. Shouldn’t we be living by ethics instead of fitting in to whatever society considers normal?
Moving right along…
Most of us don’t have much time to be depressed. It is not my intention to sound as if we always have a choice about what happens, however, we do have control in how we respond. The litter box has to be cleaned, the laundry washed, shopping and bills, children cared for, meals cooked, home cleaned, vehicle maintenance, pets bathed/fed, and appointments, not to mention a 40 hour work week. If we succumb to depression, who will take care of all that? I know our loved ones help, but the goal is to get better, right?
It is a good thing to walk barefoot on a clean floor, share a meal you took time and care to prepare. It’s a good thing to create beautiful music and art in all forms. It’s good to be responsible for those dependent on us. It’s good to take pride in a clean home, a manicured yard, a job well done. It is good to love and be loved, to forgive and heal. It is good to help others when you can. It is good to make happy happen when possible. It is much better to have physical imperfections than to be an ugly person inwardly, and there is always room for us to improve, God help us all.
I’ve read online the song “Shout” is about primal scream therapy; songs are like poetry and are open to individual interpretation. No one can deny what childhood trauma creates later in life for an adult. The lyrics seem to do a switch in the following lines:
And when you’ve taken down your guard
If I could change your mind
I’d really love to break your heart
Well, that’s something I can do without.
A little fantasy humor
Much love ❤