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Mental Illness Within Families and It’s Effect

Claudette Carter specializes in conducting free home Bible lessons where she teaches others how to love God and your fellow man like Jesus.

Normal Families Throughout the World Struggle With Mental Illness

Mental illness is described in Merriam-Webster Dictionary as: “any of a broad range of medical conditions (such as major depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, or panic disorder) that are marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, or emotions to impair normal psychological functioning and cause marked distress or disability and that are typically associated with a disruption in normal thinking, feeling, mood, behavior, interpersonal interactions, or daily functioning.” Today it is normal that we experience various forms of these medical conditions which can cause mental illness. When some individuals lose a mate depression can become severe. I experienced that and immediately sought help through prayer and therapy. Each of us have possibly experienced some form of sadness. Do we associate shame with these forms of mental illness which keeps us from seeking therapy or some form of help?

When our family member was severely depressed to the point of murder and suicide, we were shocked. Nothing had ever occurred like that within the family. The shame and mental anguish caused me not to talk about it for years. It was only through prayers to Jehovah God in the name of his son Jesus Christ, Bible reading and meditation, along with therapy which inspires me to not only talk but write about these things. We are a normal family of various races and cultures like any other family. Yet, mental illness has and continues to affect our family as well as other families throughout the world. We have even loss loving cousins to the dreadful Alzheimer disease. Still we remain strong in our faith to God as a family.

The saddest point sometimes due to mental illness is that some family members act abusively toward other family members due to depression, schizophrenia or other disorders. They refuse to seek help because of pride. These individuals can be the worst because they destroy relationships between family members and even their children. God’s word the Bible gives a clear description of these individuals at 2 Timothy 3:4,5 “betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.” Mental illness is exactly that an illness and when you are experiencing an illness we normally seek medical help. Please seek the help you need mentally and pray to God for the elimination of pride.

Mental Well Being Is A Genuine Concern for Celebrities As Well

The award winning news television program, Good Morning America featured a powerful story by Anchor and News Correspondent Amy Robach concerning Simone Biles. Amy reported, “We know Simone Biles is considered pretty much by everyone to be the greatest gymnast of all time doing things no one else have ever done in that sport. A four time olympic gold medalist which made her sudden withdrawal stunning that much more and now we are learning why.” During an interview Biles mentioned, “l just never felt like this going into a competition before. l tried to go out here and have fun... No the mental is not there... l did not want to do something silly out there and get injured. So l thought it was best that these girls took over and did the rest of the job which they absolutely did.” One news reporter said “After a shaky vault experience Simone decided to put mental health first rather than battle through it.”

The US Gymnastic team mentioned their support for Biles as well, “After further medical evaluation Simone Biles has withdrawn and we wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well being.” I respect Simone‘s decision because people in these last days are looking for heros to worship just as they were doing in the days before the flood of Noah’s day. Only Noah and his family survived because the rest of the people took no note of reality. There were men of fame which were disobedient angels and their sons the Nephilim based on the entire chapter of Genesis chapter six. Jehovah God gave Noah direction to build an ark to save himself and his family along with a variety of creature. God then destroyed that world through a deluge. Today are we repeating history by still looking for heroes which puts pressure on our young people to fulfill our dreams of heroism? Are these dreams that we could not fulfill as parents but now we lay them at the feet of our children to fulfill?

My heart went out to the talented tennis player Naomi Osaka as the news headline stated, “Taking A Break. Tennis Star Makes Announcement After U.S. Open Loss. Naomi admitted, “l honestly don’t know when I’m gonna play my next tennis match. I think l’m gonna take a break from playing for awhile.” News Correspondent Janai Norman of Good Morning America announced, “Over night a tough loss for Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open. Her frustration was on full display for delivering this full admission during an emotionally charged press conference. Osaka’s decision coming after a grueling three-set defeat in the third round at the U.S. Open against teenager Leyah Fernandez. The superstar seen slamming her racket to the ground. Now she says, she needs a break from the pressures of the sport. Naomi said, ’When l win l don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when l lose l feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal.’“

Naomi Osaka‘s decision to look after her mental health is so commendable. It is vital when we can honestly admit that we are having mental illness issues and then actually seek help through prayer to God along with professional assistance. Osaka would not allow her pride to key it a secret as she destroys herself and others who have to deal with her. She is revealing this truth before the world. Young woman that is so meritorious. Janai Norman also reported, “Osaka‘s struggles with mental health dates back to 2018 when she was victorious at the U.S. Open withdrawing from Roland Garros in May. Osaka the tennis player telling Roland Garros in May, ‘l communicated that l want to skip press conferences at Roland Garros to exercise self-care and preservation of my mental health. I stand by that. Athletes are human.’ (...) Naomi’s statement was revealed within an article in Time Magazine. Osaka also acknowledged, ‘Perhaps we should give athletes the right to take a mental break from media scrutiny on a rare occasion without being subject to strict sanctions.’”

News Correspondent Janai Norman presented a little history on Osaka by explaining, “Her U.S. Open loss marks Osaka’s first competition since the summer Olympic games when she participated in the opening ceremony for Japan, her home country. Now unclear what the future holds. And the 23 year old saying, Right now tennis isn’t fun for her. The announcement now opens questions as to when Osaka will return to the court. Even raising the question if she ever will.”

The anquih on Osaka’s face was unbearable. Where is her parents or individuals who really love her? Naomi is crying out. Why can’t someone rescue this child? Playing tennis is not worth her life.Today parents must carefully consider what is more important. Should we serve the true God and gain everlasting life in a world without competition, sickness and death or focus on this temporary world? Should our children focus on how to fulfill our dreams which create mental illness due to stress? Look to God’s word the Bible for the answer and you will be amazed to see how effective it can be in our lives. It is Jehovah God’s spirit that gives us knowledge about the world we live in today. May we continue to put trust and faith in Jehovah’s word as we meditate on it daily which can help us discover answers to such issues as mental illness.

A Solution to Mental Wellness in These Last Days

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Claudette Coleman Carter

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