Healing of mental illness through Christian faith needs to be a key element of Christianity in relation to Christian Psychology. In the early twentieth century and even today, such healing was associated with blue-collar Fundamentalists, but these healing practices have gained widespread acceptance by conservative mental groups. Not everything is “Evil demons” just because they are equated with envy, pride, hatred, alcoholism, or mental illness. Many psychotherapy techniques of modern Christian clergy appear to be rediscovering psychoanalytic insight expressed and scriptural metaphors. Most responsible clergy encourage clients to seek psychological help, especially with severe mental health disorders. Psychiatrists need to share or try to understand a patient’s religious beliefs to be understood and respected for effective Recovery. Many people who suffer from mental health issues are more religious than most psychiatrists. There are a lot of sufferers from mental illness who report being “born again,” after which they have experienced a decrease in emotional stress associated with mental illness.
There is a significant difference in dealing with mental health from secular psychology than Christian psychology. In the case of acute schizophrenic or manic episodes, taking psychotropic medication for effective treatment is one way, but those adding Bible reading and prayer are more likely to beat suicidal intentions, grief reaction, depression, and alcoholism. Committed Christians make a significant difference in prayer and conventional treatments as they live in Recovery.
Many studies by psychologists suggest that those who have more sensitivity toward religious practices have better systematic approaches to living in Recovery. Such research deems it essential when evaluating religious perspectives with clinical practices to benefit when dealing with problems. According to many studies by psychologists, religion plays a crucial role in Recovery from mental health. Research shows that besides conventional medication methods, people should include religious factors as well. Solid scientific and psychological evidence shows that people who practice daily spiritual worship services are more likely to live in Recovery.
Such people with mental illness having spiritual worship in their lives find their source of power in God, who gives them strength and comfort, leading them to more excellent healing capability. Numerous psychologists report that a positive connection with spirituality leads to fewer strokes, cancer, drug abuse, suicide, hypertension, and general moral mishaps.
Such research suggests that faith is a beneficial part of the health and well-being of those who suffer from mental health because it helps to stay away from unhealthy behaviors such as excessive drinking. Being part of a Christian community helps people diagnosed with mental illness. It is a blessing and a positive thing that gives suffers strength knowing that God can give creative and unique ways to live in Recovery. God does not punish, so mental health issues can help us to grow if we rely on God for a source of strength. When we a Christian community for help, it is possible to receive the Godly perspective in those who actively care.
“The key to being a successful pilgrim in recovery is to understand that the hardships we face in life are there to make us a whole and unique person.”
Author: Darren LaBrecque. Pilgrimage toward Recovery (p. 14).