Mental Illness is also referred to as mental health disorders having a wide range of health conditions. These health conditions can affect one’s mood, thinking, or behavior. Examples include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders or addictive behaviors.
Many people have mental health concerns from time to time, yet others suffer from mental health regularly. Examples of signs and symptoms include Feeling sad or down, Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate, Excessive fears or worries, extreme feelings of guilt, Extreme mood changes of highs and lows, Withdrawal from friends and activities, Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping, Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations, Inability to cope with daily problems or stress, trouble understanding and relating to situations and people, Problems with alcohol or drug use, Major changes in eating habits, Sex drive changes, Excessive anger, hostility or violence or Suicidal thinking.
We can have that mountain-top experience if we seek Jesus Christ for help. He never said we would be healed all the time, but that he would be with us in times of trouble. We can have the mountain top experience if we tap into the Holy Spirit for strength. We will still struggle, but with the strength of the Holy Spirit, we can learn to live in recovery. Living in recovery will give us that mountain top experience from time to time.
“Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not grow faint.” Isaiah 40:31 We can have this if we keep seeking God and waiting on Him. He will walk us through the tough times.
I can’t stress how important prayer is in our lives struggling with mental Illness. It has been the essential thing that sustained me in my desperate times. It does not have to be a beautiful prayer. We just need to talk to Jesus honestly about how we feel. We must share with those around us how prayer has helped us in our struggles and that they are not alone. This prayer life must become a habit that becomes a natural part of our lives. Jesus is capable and He will help you along the way. He will not leave you, but walk with you through it all. We just have to remind ourselves that in Him, there is hope found in the truth of His Word.