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Mental Illness

My wife is a social worker at a mental health facility. She shares some heartbreak and triumphs. She respects them and their privacy so she never discloses their names. She treats them as individuals not as their illness and is teaching me to do the same.

I look back on how the community around me as I grew up responded to those with mental illness. Too often, the people I respected saw only the illness, not the person. The people I respected are good people. Most of them claimed to be Christ followers. Without being judgmental, I want to respectfully say that I do not believe that was or is the Christ-like response.

I don’t believe a person with even a serious mental illness is demon possessed. I don’t think they can just pray their illness away. Some illnesses can be controlled somewhat by medication. Yet, there are illness which there is no truly effective medication. I don’t know of any that are cured through counseling or drugs.

I do believe that everyone of us need love and support. This includes those affected by mental illnesses. The Godly should be the best at doing this. So, I want to encourage fellow Christians to renew their thinking about how to respond to those with mental illnesses.

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Douglas Knight

I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at

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  1. Mental illness has always been with us. I’m assuming the idea of “demon Possession” came from the Bible since there are many instances of Jesus casting out demons. I think he saw the condition as an illness since at the same time he was healing the sick, the lame and the leper.

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  2. This has been a long hard road for me, especially within “the church”. I still struggle with “am I in sin or am I sick” . 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    1. Life is a struggle for most of us. Those with an illness, physical or mental struggle even more. Getting sick is not sin. If you need help, find a good mental health counselor and discuss it openly and honestly with him/her.


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