It pains me to see anyone that suffers from depression or anxiety have to live with the ignorance that is out there on this subject. Today though, took the cake! It was a horrible display and makes me absolutely sick.
In the comment I read as you can see here in the image to the right, they said that depression and anxiety was caused by sinning. Its strictly a religious thing to them. Now, the people that made this claim are holier than thou religious people. I get that, but it still doesn't excuse it under any circumstances!
Unfortunately these people have no clue what biology is about or what mental health issues truly involve. They must think that medicine and science are woo woo and that their misinterpreted views of religion are the only truth out there. In fact, I know that's how they see things. Of course, they are allowed to hold whatever beliefs they want, but when someone starts forcing it down others in their time of distress, then I've got big issues with people like this.
I grew up in this mindset and remember when I went through Conversion Disorder, I got some of this same stuff shoved at me. One lady told me that I didn't need to go to the hospital, I just needed to pray about it. Never mind that I was paralyzed and could not walk. Of course, she was speechless when I looked at her and said, "If you broke your arm, would you just pray about it or would you go to the doctor?" You see, these people sometimes don't engage the brain cells before they open their mouth. I know, that's a harsh statement, but sometimes you can really hurt others with these misguided words.
Anxiety and depression are real. Suicide is real. I've been through both and praying to God didn't cure that because it was physical and biological conditions. You can act as if they aren't real, but just because you don't think they are real, doesn't mean you are correct!
Sometimes our words are not only ignorant, but they are hurtful. Imagine a person that is struggling to just make it through a day and you spew your unfounded beliefs upon them like this. It could just be the last straw in their life. They may say enough and find a way to end things. Your words do far more damage than you may think at times.
This is plain ignorance in my view and it angers me when I read this stuff. If you believe in God, I would think you would surely believe that he created all things, including doctors. Sometimes, it is better to not just claim you know something, but be silent and let the professionals help the ones that need help. Let the compassionate people care for others and just go over into your little cave in the ground and hide for another century.
So many people deal with depression and anxiety. They have had to be strong for far too long without any escape and it isn't an easy road dealing with it or trying to heal your life and find your footing. Its tough at the very least.
I've been through anxiety, depression, and suicide. I know what it is like to freak out in a store or in a car. I know what it is like to struggle in an elevator or an enclosed room. I know what it is like to deal with the anxiety attacks that just come out of nowhere from the slightest trigger you can't even see.
I know what depression feels like and how lonely and lost you can get. I know the despair, the pain and the misery. I know just how difficult it is to keep going in a day when nothing matters and you could care less. It is not just a temporary sadness, but something that goes much deeper.
I know what suicide is like. I've struggled far too many times to do it and fortunately I was never successful. When you get in those moments, nothing else matters, but comments such as the one above do nothing to help. Suicide is a horrible moment where all that matters is hanging on long enough to make it through to the next moment.
Our words can hurt. Our religious piety does no good for other humans. If we truly want to help others, we need to listen with our hearts and minds. We need to be there without judgment and condemnation. We need to treat them as they are human, not as they are less than.
Stop the judgment of anxiety and depression and suicide, because they are real things that people have to deal with. They aren't a punchline to get more people into your church! Be a force of love and compassion to people, helping them find their way in this difficult world. Don't add to their pain. Show them love and compassion.
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