Showing Holistic and Compassionate Care to Persons Suffering from Schizophrenia
I had a college friend who was a classic geek and he was very famous. Despite of his poor communication skills and sarcasm behaviors towards other students, his personal hygiene was wanting. Due to his behavior, while interacting with other college mates, he would at times face extreme troubles. We however we noticed that our fellow college mate was suffering from a mental disorder
His occurrences were never bothered by social functions or crowds. For instance, he gets hysterics whenever he comes across someone performing. It is hard dealing with this kind of people as the world may not understand the dilemma they are living in. You at times have to try hard and calm them down, and this was our role with my friend in college. We could try to get him away from the sight of the cruel crowd.
The bigger percentage in our society is not aware of the inappropriate and feelings experienced by persons with mental disorder and may harm them to protect themselves. People with upright thoughts may have different versions of interpreting the behavior of the mentally ill patients. Being not aware of the suffering and challenges our friend was going through due to his mental condition was an excuse given by many. Our institution being a Christian college, I could not comprehend their behavior.
However, our society has been in the forefront in discriminating the mentally unstable people despite of their root cause. It is a task that every individual including the church, to take charge in caring for the mentally ailing patients. We have to live in reality and understand every disorder is manageable, and there are right medications to help these patients recover. We believe and pray God to heal us, taking the right medication is not wrong and should not be branded as going against the teaching of the church.
The big question remains, what effects do mental treatments have on our Christian faith, that is different from physical therapies. The dilemma remains, what is the difference between chemotherapy and antidepressants and their connection to Christian faith. Dividing the mind and the body may not assist us in building a conducive environment for our loved ones. The mental illness is termed as a spiritual issue which requires solutions of spiritual interventions. However, we have to be realistic and care for our brothers and sisters who are vulnerable.
It is impressing to witness the change that our brothers and sisters are embracing. The church has combined counselling and medication in their care for mental disorders. The step shows commitment and passion towards the Schizophrenia patients in our society.