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Psychology is not a pure “science” as we know it. It is based upon man’s perceptions of what is normal behaviors and feelings, upon their social norms and morals, and what is known about science at the time they are seeking treatments, including medications, for their clients.
The field of psychology cannot explain what goes on in a human brain that leads to a person’s behaviors. It has been explained in a master’s degree level psychology course that “psychology is a type of science, but is also an art”, because mental illness and brain activity which may cause mental illnesses and behaviors are not truly understood.
Medications are only testing grounds for the doctors who prescribe them. They may work for a short time to help a person feel better but may cause them to act out violently or feel suicidal, or may not work at all in helping a person feel well. Doctors frequently change medications and their doses that only serve to mask symptoms at best. It is thought that some people may have to remain on psychotropic medications for the rest of their lives in order to function, but that they will probably not be cured. People are left waiting for the next new drug in hopes of being made well.
Labels are used in mental health treatment which are often given a client in therapy based on their feelings. If enough feeling-related symptoms are cited by a client they become diagnosed according to the criteria cited in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which is the “bible” of mental health practitioners and doctors.
In the courts, unacceptable behaviors get explained away by a description of some earlier life’s experience, such as being mistreated in some way as a child which often times are offered as justifications for why a person did some criminal behavior, in order to sway a judge to hand down lessor sentences.
Behaviors can be explained away by how a person “feels” at the time. Anger, depression, sadness, can be described as the basis for why a person behaves badly. Seeking medication can seem to be the “cure” for feelings being expressed, presumably to inhibit further misbehaviors.
These man-man treatments leave out God – Our Lord Jesus Christ – from all equations in treating mental health. Unless you go to a Christian therapist or doctor you may not find any words about Jesus and the bible included in your treatment in mental health therapy. Even then, most mental health practitioners are licensed under state laws. You must pass the exams of the state licensing behavioral boards of science in order to practice, or be working on a license, or have a licensed supervisor who holds authority over what you are able to do in the field.
As we know, state licensed mental health clinicians of any kind do not have to have any experience in knowing Jesus; they do not study the bible to learn anything about Christ, or how he teaches us to obey God according to Scripture.
As I write this post which seems ragged around the edges because I’m sitting in the public library, it is hard to imagine how anyone can be a healer in mental health and offer treatment without any guidance from God; Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today I was reading a psychologist’s blog post who categorized what biases we have in thinking, and called them “cognitive biases”. This psychologist, which will remain unnamed, listed several ways that people make the wrong judgements about things so that they are fooled by one thing or another.
He first begins by saying that with all the thoughts running in our heads that “our judgment would be highly accurate but that’s far from the case.”
It seems to me that this man does not know God and is exactly why I jumped out of psychology wondering how I would pay the student loans back.
Forgive me God, for my sin of thinking man’s accurate opinions of why we act and think as we do is something we can “cure” right off the bat or prescribe meds for. A few sessions and you’re done and that’s all it takes, is what I thought. If one wanted to heal and improve themselves, just giving the time of day to a therapist is the cure… admitting one’s mistakes, doing writing assigments or journaling, or some therapy or other and telling the therapist secrets and emotions one is having will help cure a person.
Certainly having friends to talk to in an emotional time can be helpful. But friends are not what cures. Only Jesus can.
Here are some Scripture verses I found quickly doing a google search of bible verses about mental health. I am sure there are many more than these:
The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delight in him; – Psalm 37:23
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. – Psalm 119:105
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path straight. – Proverbs 3:6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5
In this article, there are 13 types of bias that cloud the thinking. As I said, this is written by a man studied in the world of man-made psychology, who studied like I did, wanting to know the inner workings of man’s mind, and try to heal it.
Some examples the psychologist used to describe biases in one’s thinking are:
The decoy effect, where one makes choices by judging an extreme, then taking what’s in the middle, when they know it costs too much, as a rationale for allowing themselves to buy an expensive thing that they normally wouldn’t have. The example in this case is when a car dealer shows you a much more expensive car than you would be able to buy and rationalizes that the mid-level, but yet still too expensive car that costs less isn’t so bad a buy. So you buy the mid-range car, instead of buying a less-expensive car that would be more in line with your budget.
The affect heuristic effect, where we base our decisions on our emotions. He gives an example of a number of people who have died due to a disease as seeming more horrible than given as a percentage, which was not a clear picture of the number of deaths as the number 1,286 was. The number of dead people aroused much more emotions in people than the percentage did of 24.24%. People couldn’t picture that percentage as much so didn’t have the higher emotional response.
These are but two examples of the catagories he has given to some biases poeple have. Of course, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) that people use to diagnose mental illness in people is a catalogue of symptoms people can report over a long period of time.
The DSM is full of changing diagnostic attributions or symptoms, called “disorders”, making its way through time as social standards and ideas of acceptable behaviors, feelings, emotions, ways of identifying oneself, calling them “traits” which may be deleted with new versions of the DSM or can change in degree of importance and accuracy over time. Diagnostic “V” codes can be added or subtracted, depending on how many people on deciding boards who edit the DSM into new versions every so often are convinced that a thought process, or some kind of issue a person has, should be categorized as being “not-normal” and relates to mental illness.
The problem as I see it is; unless it is an organic problem, it is a tumor that makes a person act strange, then the mental health diagnostics used are based on man’s ideas or concepts of what mental illnesses are.
They do not have the guidance of God; it is a Godless industry, created by man.
The bible did not have Jesus diagnosing mental illnesses. He said the person was inhabited by demons or upset tummies were treated by drinking a little wine to settle the stomach. There were not categories of how sick a person was, no variety of types of mental issues. There was sin and there were the demons and everything else would have been a medical condition causing a person difficulty; people have sores, the lame, the blind and the like.
Everything was healed by God; Jesus healed many but not all, but he showed that he was God. He performed healing miracles and brought people from the dead to life with people witnessing these things. He proved he walked as one with the Father who created mankind and universe. See my Basic Gospel No One Told Me When I Was A Non-Believer.
I have come to know Jesus and have followed the path of belief and trust in His wisdom, and it seems He is appealing to me that the field I got into and practiced as a mental health clinician was sadly wrong, and not the right path for the mind. A favorite passage I refer to is;
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7
Everything else is man’s concept of the reality of life and is not the way of God, and the field of psychology cannot know the wisdom and reality of God’s wisdom, power and healing strength. It just falls short and may have been invaded by Satan’s lies. In fact, I’m a believer that it is the realm of the devil now and has no basis in the reality of what may be happening to a person’s mind – and health.
Mental health has been a real interest of mine, but as I have said before, when I entered the field I had no concept of the Lord Jesus Christ, really. I may have wanted to help poeple heal and I had a sympathetic heart, but I needed God to show me the reality of a person’s soul. They are not saved and so will fall into eternal judgment and God’s punishment. They need to know God; the Lord Jesus Christ, who really heals and promises a sound mind through His Holy Spirit who resides within us; true believers of Jesus Christ.
Prayers are needed that more will come to the reality of God and the Son who walked the earth for us, to save us from our sin and from being bought, led, and taken over by Satan.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?….” 1 Corinthians 6:19
People suffering from mental illness meet many challenges in getting help for their issues. Concordia (2016) reports that “approximately one in five American adults experience mental illness each year.” That’s 18% of the population, with children ages 8-15 being severely mentally ill at some point during their young lives making up 13% of the population. That’s a lot of Americans suffering from mental illness, and serious mental distress among the American population is increasing, according to a blog called “Health”. (2017).
So how is it that so many people are left with little to no resources to help them in their fight against their mental illnesses? The “Health” blog reports that people have not had easy access to mental health treatment options because the healthcare industry is complex, and the number of healthcare providers has not kept up with the need, yet there are conflicting reports that have mental health treatment options easier to access due to Obamacare. Which view is correct and accurately describes the problem in our country’s secularistic domination of our health treatment programs?
“You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:20
What can Christians do to escape the stranglehold of pharmaceutical companies that treat for symptom-management but don’t quite heal a person from their mental or physical illnesses?
Don’t be impressed with your all wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil. Then you’ll gain renewed health and vitality. – Proverbs 3:7-8
American health care has forced citizen’s into paying into the federal government, and at a hefty price, to fulfill the laws surrounding the requirement of having medical health coverage. No longer are our treatments for mental or physical health a choice made by the people, but this is government-run. Healthcare insurance companies and treatments for mental illness are not our choice, but are legally mandated by insurance companies that make us pay for federal government-run health care at hefty prices. Otherwise we risk paying a fine at the end of the year if caught without healthcare insurance.
If you believe like I do that mental health treatment is barbaric, and non-caring about the person’s well-being, you may cringe at the thought of having someone sent to a health care treatment provider who prescribes pills for all the maladies that a person has. No longer is there compassion, or real caring for such persons. If there were, facilities would allow Jesus Christ into the treatment providing scenario.
Jesus is the only true healer of the body and mind. He cares enough to offer us redemption from our sins and can heal us from the damages of that sin. He is the only Way, Truth and Life we have, and for that I am grateful.
There is no health in my bones because of my sin. – Psalm 38:3b
Sin take its toll on the human body and mind and can create devastating illness in the body. Why isn’t Jesus spoken of in healthcare treatment?
Secular humanism has taken it’s toll. We are not healed by secular humanism. Secular humanists do not even believe in Our God, and the wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father is the creator of mankind and blew life into the first man, Adam, after creating his body from dust (Genesis 2:7). How can mankind think he knows more than Christ?
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?….” 1 Corinthians 6:19
It is man’s arrogance and greed that produces medical practices such as the pharmaceutical companies we are required to pay for in order to fulfill the healthcare laws of this country. Like the Nazi’s of Hitler’s Germany, we are forced to comply. Like in Hitler’s days of medicine, it has stayed godless and Hitler is a fine example of what medicine can do in the sickness industry, for it is not the medical health industry.
I can no longer work in an industry that promises health but only offers godless health treatments for those who suffer in silence, and for those suffering from mental illness who can’t find answers to their maladies in our mental health treatments today.