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Title: MENTAL ILLNESS


1
MENTAL ILLNESS
  • Bryan G. Stephens, MA, MBA, LPC

2
Largest Inpatient Facility in America
  • The LA County Jail is the largest mental health
    institution in the country.

3
Bryan G. Stephens
  • Director of Douglas Mental Health Clinic
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • 15 Years in Community Mental Health

4
Overview
  • What is Mental Illness and who is affected
  • Types of Mental Illness
  • Biblical Understanding

5
What is Mental Illness?
  • Disorder of the Brain that changes a persons
    thinking, feelings, and behavior that causes the
    person distress difficulty in functioning.

6
Who has it?
  • 20 Adults are effected by Mental Illness in a
    given year
  • Around 9 of all U.S. adults have the mental
    disorders experience some significant
    functional impairment
  • Mental Illness effects almost everyone, directly
    or indirectly

7
Where are they?
  • People with Mental Illness are in the
    community

8
Types of Mental Illness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Bi-Polar Disorder (Manic-Depression)
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • PTSD
  • OCD

9
Types of Mental Illness
  • Substance Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Substance Induced Disorders

10
Effects on a Life
  • Decrease in ability to care for self or others
  • Self-destructive and immoral behaviors
  • Physical and Mental separation from others
  • Separation from God

11
Understanding of Disease in Biblical Times
  • No understanding of germs
  • Illness as curse or divine punishment
  • Mental Illness as possession

12
Biblical Mental Illness
  • Saul was tormented by an evil spirit, which David
    soothed with song (1 Samuel, 1614-23)
  • Jesus cures a man with many evil sprits (Mark
    51-20)
  • Elijah asked God to kill him (1 Kings 191-6)

13
Ability to Treat is New
  • Lithium Springs in Roman times
  • Talk Therapy 1870s
  • Thorazine first used in 1952
  • Lithium in 1970s
  • Modern anti-depressants 1980s
  • Modern anti-psychotics 1990s

14
What Can Christians Do The Example of Jesus
  • Did not treat any disease as the fault of the
    person
  • Went among the poor and the outcasts
  • Compassion, Love and Forgiveness

15
Summary
  • Mental Illness is a disease of the brain
  • Is effects 20 of the adult population, with
    about half of those seriously effected
  • Mental Illness is treatable with medication and
    therapy
  • Christians can treat it the same way we treat an
    illness
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