Guest Writer for Wake Up World
I had suffered from severe depression since my childhood. I was diagnosed with both clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which tormented me for nearly 3 decades. I attempted suicide and suffered a number of brain seizures as a result. Now in my 30’s, I was able to overcome my condition, not because of but despite the “help” I received by the medical and mental healthcare systems. As well-intended as the individuals working in the mental health system might be, at least in my experience, they were not always helpful. In fact, many times they proved to be more harm than good to my fragile state of mind.
The main reason for the general lack of success of today’s mental healthcare system is that it considers mental health a science of the body, assessing “mental health issues” from a rigid, reductionist point of view. Practitioners try to isolate a physical cause, then proceed to treat only the symptoms. But, in doing so, they neglect the most important aspect of curing any mental (or physical) disease — the spiritual aspect. From my own personal experience of overcoming the major depression, I can say without a doubt that the healing of the spiritual aspect of my condition was the single most important factor that led me to successful recovery.