How many people join a church while sane and end up mentally ill?
This is my experience. I ended up with bi-polar disorder after 30 years in the churchI believe that is the case because I suppressed my true personality and the conflict this caused in my psyche was too much and so I got ill. I am now rebuilding my life outside the church. What are your thoughts on these comments?
Personally I believe you have to be a little mentally ill to be religious in the first place. Although this isn't fair on indoctrinated children. So my real answer is: Anyone who does enter a church sane, becomes mentally ill in one way or another.
I haven't heard of a case like yours in partcular- it depends on how authoritative the church assembly was. Was it cult-like? People can be damaged by a church setting that is controlling and demands full conformity. This is very possible though because any person who gets a disease or illness is already predisposed to it, meaning within your genes and DNA in your body you have a higher than normal ability to get certain illnesses, and all that is needed to fully get that illness is an environmental cue, something to make it come out. That's why they say genes and environment are a 50/50 split. That's why some people can smoke until they are 100 yrs old, but others who are prone to cancers in their genes may get lung cancer at 50 if they smoke. Stress is an environmental cue that triggers many the bad genes to come out and make people ill. You could be right. 30 years at this church could very well be the environmetal cue that triggered your predisposition for mental illness. Getting away from the church is probably a good start. Hope this helps.
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