Teenagers and Mental Illness

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

Yesterday, my plans were turned upside down when I received a text from one of my daughters concerning one of my grandchildren.

When she had the opportunity to call me about the situation, it threw me for a loop.

My youngest grandson had attempted suicide.        man-person-school-head

Believe me when I say this, this is not the kind of call any parent or grandparent, or anyone, would like to receive, much less confront.

Let me put it out here plainly, A number of years ago, I would never have revealed a family matter of this nature to anyone.  But things have changed in my life. And it is because of the power of Christ within me that this post is being written today.

As quiet as it’s kept, mental illness for years has been a taboo subject and conversation within many families, especially, in the black community.

If this post can help someone. I am indeed thankful to the Lord for using me.

Teenagers and mental illness has been around since the start of mankind.

Nevertheless, let’s get to the heart of the matter by first throwing out the way words of shame and embarrassment will stop people cold in their tracks in sharing their concerns about getting help for mental illness, either for themselves or a loved one.

Imagine the anguish of experiencing hearing voices in one’s head or even to the extreme of thinking about self-inflicting wounds or committing suicide. Yes, these are signals that immediate attention is needed to get professional help.

Young people today are more prone to face mental illness due to this society that offers them everything without little consequences. Drugs, alcohol and social media (cyberbullying) are a powerful concoction that can fuel a young person with mental illness.

So you may ask. How does one recognize they are dealing with mental illness with a young person in their family or even outside the family?

Well, yesterday, I came across one interesting article on the website of the American Psychiatric Association.  This report title is Warning Signs of Mental Illness.

[ One half of all mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% begins by age 24.]

There is a tremendous responsibility we have not only as parents, grandparents, and guardians. But as adults who must be ever the more diligent in listening to what our young people are saying or acting out.

One thing that the Lord has shown me is that self-indulgence to push our young ones to fulfill their flesh rather than feed their spiritual soul will lead to a path of destruction.

Today God has given my family yet a clearer understanding of who He is.

My grandson is now getting the treatment he needs as well as knowing that God spared his life and not man. This was the favor of God on my grandchild life.

For those who don’t believe in God or His existence, we will continue to pray that one day your eyes and heart will be open to the truth.

In the meanwhile, the Word of God says, “pray without ceasing.” And not only pray but be proactive in the lives of others. Always have faith to believe in the impossible, and trust God in all circumstances, rather good or bad.

Please keep my family in your prayers and especially, our young ones who need to know not only is there a God in heaven. But He is also working miraculously here on earth.

Mental illness is nothing to frown on. Seek professional help and keep God in the process of healing.

Here is a brief list of websites that provide valuable lessons and resources about the disease of mental illness (specifically for middle and high school age group).

  1. Breaking the Silence 
  2. Teach with Movies
  3. Edutopia
  4. Adolescent Mental Health in the United States 
  5. Youth.Gov 
  6. Cry for Help -Teenage Mental Health and Suicide (highly recommend viewing the videos)
  7. Christianity Today-Mental Illness and Christianity:Scripture and Science

Psalm 91:1-2    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

In Him Alone

The Countefeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Vickie Winans -Safe in His Arms

Miracles or Medicine

But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Matthew 9:22

Good Health Wednesday

After a number of years being treated for various medical conditions, I realized that maybe I did myself a disservice visiting doctors.

Doctors do have a role in society. Just like Luke (Book of Luke) served the disciples and helped spread the gospel about Jesus. Physicians serve to serve men. But physicians are not healers.

Having several family members now making regular visits to the doctors and specialists, it seems to me that each time they return home, they are given a new diagnosis. This is pretty much A-typical it seems in the African-American community.

It is almost like the medical establishment believe that we are expendable or at best, ideal candidates for clinical trials.

The more I begin to do research about various family members medical diagnosis, I am becoming more disheartened that the medical professionals don’t seem to have the patient well-being at hand. However, there are quite a number of doctors eager in  making sure that they are part of the financial windfall of health insurance and Pharmaceutical companies.

I will be the first to tell anyone. Good health must first start with oneself.

You cannot and should you never rely on someone else to take care of your well-being.

When I was in my early twenties, you could never have convinced me that the lifestyle I was living would cause me sickness or an early death.

When you are young, you believe you are invincible and that anyone who was sickly was usually old or born with poor health.

Fast forward. And reality kicks in that when I had the opportunity on numerous occasions to practice good health habits.  I didn’t. I can say that I had talked myself out of taking care of myself first.

Learning every day of the errors of my ways, I had to make a decision on what the rest of my life journey will look like.

Will it be miracles or medicine?

I’m choosing miracles!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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Starting All Over

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Well, this is a post that has taken several hours to write.

Right now, I am in bed recuperating once again with issues dealing with my heart.

I spent a few days in the hospital and came home with two new prescriptions on top of the others that I am presently taking.

Just having to rest is testing my patience. My mood peaks and takes nose dives. Right now, I feel a sense of emptiness. It is a feeling that I want to let go. Is this depression? Or a feeling of disgust that once again, I have to begin to think of putting my health as a priority over the incidental things in my life.

Being what I consider an active baby boomer, I am always looking forward to what new challenges lies ahead of me. Of course, those challenges are part of God’s plans for my life.

Yet, I would be lying to you if I said that at this particular stage of my life that I am content. No matter how much I read the Bible, and study particular scriptures relating to my situation. The flesh begs to ask the question, why again Lord?

I know that I am blessed to have a loving family, friends and church community praying for me daily and there as a support system. I thank them all from the bottom of heart (no pun intended).

As God draws breath in me each day, I feel my strength slowly being restored.

Through this health crisis, I have resolve to starting all over.

Starting over means for me to place more faith in God and trust Him despite what is said from others who doubt the power of healing.

Today is Healthy Wednesday and I would do a disservice to you and God if I did not share a better way of living healthy.

Here is my starting over list

  1. God first
  2. Identifying physicians that have the interest of their patient health first above traditional medical treatment
  3. Meals of fresh fruits, vegetables and grains and forgo process foods and sugary beverages
  4. Exercise and walk daily
  5. Daily Bible study, prayer and thanking the Lord

Websites to visit for the better health of you~

The Old Time Gospel (Healing Foods of the Bible)

Healing Scripture Healing Foods

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The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

The C Word

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

==Healthy Wednesday==

“Please don’t mention that word to me again…I don’t want to hear it. Keep the C word to yourself.”

I stood to the side and shook my head. It was a conversation that was taking place in the hospital and I just happened to be in earshot of hearing a mother stress to her adult child about a diagnosis that made my heart sink.

“But you have to be realistic about this thing,” the mother told her child.                                                                         leec1

“I am being realistic. And if I tell you that I don’t want to hear it again…that’s what I mean!” declared the woman’s daughter.

Turning around and heading back to the hospital lobby, I sank in the first chair I got too.

Lord knows that I have had my shared of medical emergencies and hospital stays. However, this time around, I had escorted a friend to the emergency room.

My patience was wearing thin. And I could feel my heart racing each time the sirens reached the entry doors and the EMT staff pulled someone out of the van and rolled them through the automatic doors.

As I attempted to preoccupy myself with strolling through my smart phone, my thoughts kept going back to the conversation between the mother and daughter.

The mother voice was trembling and shaky. Yet, her young adult child’s voice sounded strong, confident, and without fear.

Every so often I would look around to see how many patients were being called to the triage. I was playing this head game to keep me occupied from boredom and from dwelling on the C word myself.

It wasn’t long before my friend emerged from the treatment room. Everything was fine except for her having a bad case of indigestion and the need to go home and get some rest.

As we were preparing to leave, the mother I had overheard talking with her daughter came out.

The mother whisked passed me and out the automatic doors to the parking lot. Soon after, her daughter came out and sat in the waiting area. At that moment, I was compelled to go over and just encourage her.

It took all the faith I had to speak to this young woman. But I did.

“I’m sorry about your situation…I will be praying for you.”

The young woman looked up at me and smiled. “Thank you.”

I introduced myself to her and my friend.

The three of us had an awkward moment, seeing we were all strangers.

Then, much to our surprise, the young woman was encouraging me.

“You know, I don’t care what the doctors told me. I have faith to believe that Christ has already healed me.”

Walking to the car, my friend and I were shouting with praise and joy. Especially me!

That C word that she never spoke of turned out to be the C name of promise.

Christ! She was declaring Christ as her Healer and that gave me such peace to know that the C word has no power over Christ.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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Toxic Food

“Artificial manures lead inevitably to artificial nutrition, artificial food, artificial animals, and finally, to artificial men and women.” – Sir Albert Howard, Founder of the Organic Farming Movement (1940)

Today I had an enjoyable conversation with one of my sisters. Our talk started off about what was happening with some younger members of our family, politics, Wells Fargo Senate hearing and then before we knew it, we were in a deep discussion about toxic food and the sliding scale of healthcare.

When it comes to healthcare, I am thankful and feel blessed that I do have full health coverage. But on the other-hand, I am disgusted with the power of Big Pharma and doctors who have built medical empires at their patients expense (physically, emotionally and financially).

I don’t have anything against doctors on the whole. However, I determine my opinion on my one-on-one interactions with the specialists and health professionals attending to my particular condition.

Of late, my snail mail has been nothing but large glossy postcards and colored envelopes advertising about new medical practices moving into our town. In addition to the junk mail my current health insurer has turned over my name to third parties contacting me about in-home visits and completing online surveys.

And I recognize now that I allowed myself to get into this unhealthy condition by eating toxic foods that has been working against my overall health.

Eating the right foods today seems like an impossible task, seeing that our vegetables, fruits, meats, poultry, fish and grains are possibly subjected to chemicals that are the cause of major medical conditions, such as diabetes and cancer.

In order to live the life we want, we must give up the things that are slowly killing us.

Here in part is an interesting article about food and medicine from the website FoodKills.org 

THE SLOW POISONING OF YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN
How science and medicine have betrayed you

“Basically, you die earlier and spend more time disabled if you’re an American rather than a member of most other advanced countries.”Christopher Murray, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the World Health Organization’s Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy, 2000.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the US ranked 1st in health among the major industrial nations. US spending per capita on health is currently the highest in the world yet the US now ranks 37th in actual health statistics in the top industrial countries and has the highest infant mortality rate. The US also rates 24th in life expectancy… more

It is unfortunate that in our advance society we are getting sicker all due to the demand for having everything microwave ready for quick and easy disposable.

Our food is a major part of our existence and once it becomes our enemy, we will have no one to blame but ourselves. We must with all due effort begin to take action in what we buy and what we eat…it’s not something we can neglect.

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Genesis 1:29-30

 

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

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Healthy Wednesday

Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” Ezekiel 47:12

 

Healthy Wednesday.

At times, I am sorry that I ever stepped into a doctor’s office.

Yet, I know that physicians have an important role to play in our lives, as did, the physician Luke did when he traveled with the Apostle Paul during his evangelism journey.

However, with everything in life. We must live a well-balance existence and not forget who is the true Healer who heals.

At this moment, several members of my family and close friends are experiencing health issues. And because I know everyone has their own way of dealing with sickness, I wanted to share my own personal story with someone who may be fighting against the knowledge that the doctor has all the answers to their health problems.

A number of years ago, I decided to get a medical check-up before going out-of-town for a business trip.

I had been given various test with the dreaded blood test being the granddaddy of them all.

Once my doctor received the results, I was asked to come in his office as soon as possible.

“I have good news and bad news for you…which one do you want to hear first?” my former family physician asked me.

As I sat in the chair next to the doctor’s desk, my voice sounded liked an echo chamber.

“The good first,” I told him, somewhat feeling like a heavy boulder was weighing down my heart.

“Well, you don’t have Lime disease.”

I sat motionless.

Now, I was waiting with anticipation for the boulder to get larger as he stared at me.

“But you do have M.S.”

As if in a trance, I nodded my head and took in the information as if it was being spoken for someone else.

That day, I left my doctor’s office and walked home, constantly playing his words over and over in my head.

When I reached home, I remember flopping down on the sofa and looking blankly at the wall. I must have set in the living room for hours before finally getting up and getting myself something to eat.

Yet, here is the caveat to my diagnosis.

Despite everything, that was said to me. I never questioned God.

I didn’t think or even consider that God had somehow caused me to have Multiple Sclerosis.

To be honest, I was ignorant in my thinking that black folks didn’t get M.S.  However, years later I found that to be untrue.

Now, after twenty years of having the Miracle Sign, I am able to speak with newly diagnosed individuals to encourage them to live the life that God wants them to live.

Facing any major diagnosis, such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer can be devastating news but it does not have to rule over us.

The power is in our hands.

We can choose to live.

Or choose to give up.

But it is my hope and prayer that giving up is not an option and that you want the best that God has to give you.

So, today, I am kicking off Healthy Wednesday.

Healthy Wednesday will introduce you to articles, videos and guest posts to show us all a better way in which to live a healthier life.

If anything that is worth life,,, it is living it to the fullness as God intended for us to live.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

 

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