The diagnosis of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and major depressive disorder. Also, the difficulty could lie in the fact that a loved one has been diagnosed with mental illness. As a person is living with any type of mental illness, it seems to affect the whole family. Some types of mental illness have a biological component as of the discovery of an extra chromosome. Mental Illness is not necessarily the result of bad parenting but a biological disorder passed on in the genes. Good parenting can help in how a person with mental illness learns to cope. Do not feel that they are abnormal or have to feel ashamed. You should not feel hurt or embarrassed if you or a family member has any form of mental illness. Many people feel the same anger and frustration when diagnosed with mental illness, but with the help of the grace of Christ Jesus, we can learn to cope.
As you learn to adjust to the emotional roller coaster of emotions and stress with yourself or your loved ones diagnosed, it is good to reach out to services. Often times the best support comes from those who suffer the same things or experiences the same issues, knowing what it’s like to be in your shoes. There are organizations such a NAMI or even your local church; counselors can let you know about groups in your area. Participating in groups in which you participate in education and treatment plans that work for your wellbeing beneficial to your mental health. Counseling can be a great help in recovery as it helps you talk about and learn to cope with a diagnosis. Counseling can also help you learn communication skills with those around you, giving you a fresh perspective on communicating your struggles.
When people are first diagnosed with a flow of rushing thoughts through their head like I’m crazy or I am going to have a panic attack, but such remarks are just empty words by those who suffer from mental illness. Most people do not know what it feels like to live with a mental disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one out of every five people struggles with some form of mental illness.
“To grasp wholeness, we must grasp grace! Grace is a God-given gift to us by God to empower us in our pilgrimage toward recovery. There are two sides to grace and they are suffering and joyfulness.” Darren LaBrecque. Pilgrimage toward Recovery (pp. 24-25).
Article Presented by: Mental Awareness Series v. 2
Written by: Minister Darren LaBrecque
Co-Site Director of Mental Awareness Support Group