Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year.
The brain is an organ, just like the heart or colon or lungs and kidneys; it can also suffer illness. There is heart disease. There is kidney disease. There is lung disease. And yes, there is mental illness. The difference between all other organ malfunctions versus the malfunction of the mind is that the brain controls our thinking, feeling, processing and behavior leading to harmful thoughts and actions.
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Mental Illness is not a new phenomenon.
Some who were healed no doubt suffered from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, even though these illnesses were not named as such during ancient times.
Matthew 14:14 says “Jesus went out and saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.”
Our response toward illness or trouble of any kind, is spelled out in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”