The psychology of mental illness, that sounds like it contradicts its self, it’s the psychology that fixes mental illness. Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors. It is the behaviors and the study of mental illness that leads to is cures, its medicines. We know it is a chemical malfunction that creates the depression. It is a chemical malfunction that creates a cancer cell to grow. But what kind of chemical malfunction takes a person to want to hurt oneself. The process of the mentally ill seem to follow the same pattern. We can see documentation, story after story of how people went from one level to another level to another level to cross into actions that are as unthinkable to a healthy person as they are to the unhealthy. The question then becomes, what is the underlying condition, problem, or situation to lead an unstable person to the next level of self-destruction?
When I was a little girl listening to the radio I couldn’t figure out why all the songs on the radio talked about love? I was 10 I knew I was loved, I knew that I was in a safe place full of love. Why were there all these songs about wanting love, getting love, losing love? To put life in its grandiose terms, life is love. The fruit of the spirit is;
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The fruits of depression are the opposite of Gods Fruits. There is no peace or joy in depression, only sadness and hurt. Forbearance, Kindness Goodness, is unattainable because of the pain in one’s heart that they can not see around. Does the depressed person know they are loved by God, Yes they do but it does not stop undesirable actions that can not be controlled. This leads to the next part. gentleness and self-control. Anger and disgust are the two most powerful emotions that grab onto the heart, it is the self-hatred that dominates all actions regardless if rational or not rational. To cut ones self is an unnatural act, we naturally hate pain, and do anything to keep from being uncomfortable. The rational of a depressed person in pain with in, wants to only match the pain on the outside by cutting at ones own skin, or any other harmful actions. It is an act of hatred, self loathing, and the person unbalanced sees every thing in the house as a potential weapon to their inward pain. Kitchen knives, scissors, razors, any thing with an edge and the depressed individual is looking at what a normal person would see as an unsafe item, the depressed person is making a mental note to remember that ‘thing’ could come in handy when the state of mind becomes clouded with pain, and panic.
Its interesting; when you go on vacation, we go camping you set up and you put up your tarp, you relax have a beer and spend the next hour soaking in the peace and joy of being in nature and enjoying a beer, your reward for hard work. If you relax your body with yoga it’s not a 5 minute thing, it’s a process of breathing, concentrating, relaxing, it is not a sudden emotion or state of mind. When you become angry, or feel in danger or have a panic attack it is sudden, powerful and on some levels thrilling. The depressed person who cuts finds it a relief to be able to punish oneself in another way, to satisfy the angry voices in the head. The thrill leaves when the person moves beyond the crisis and wakes up the next morning seeing the destruction the person has caused. Embarrassed, and disgusted with the actions the person falls even more into a hole.
It is not a isolated development. If you read blogs, stories, books, of people and the depression journey they have been on, the self destruction is bound to turn up sometime. How do you stop it. grab the person by the hands and don’t let go. No human spoken word can cure it, Can the word of God stop it I know that he can sometimes I don’t feel it, but the forgiveness is always available. As Jesus prayed over 2000 years ago “Lord forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”
till next time………………………………