The stigma of mental illness and weak faith

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As mental health professionals, we often face the situation in which the causes of mental disorders are reduced to the issue of weak faith, and this is something shared by many in our Muslim societies. Women put possible causes In the following order of importance:

An imbalance in brain chemistry.

life pressures.

heredity.

Weakness of faith.

envy and touch.

While the answer of the majority of men was in the following order:

life pressures.

An imbalance in brain chemistry.

Weakness of faith.

heredity.

envy and touch.

Here we see that the two sexes differed in the order of the reasons in terms of their importance and the most probable ones, but they share the issue of weak faith as one of the possible causes, which increases the burden of the stigma of mental illness on the person affected by facing more feelings of guilt and negligence due to the judgment of others on him and the lack of understanding of his suffering.

 

The theory of weak faith is inconsistent with the concept of affliction, as mentioned by the Creator (and we will surely test you with something of fear), because illness, whether psychological or physical, may be a trial, and that everything that afflicts a believer such as anxiety, grief, and sadness will be rewarded for him, and that the affliction is commensurate with faith, so the more faith increases, the more affliction will be for me On the contrary.

The faith aspect is one of the important aspects in psychotherapy, and no psychologist can overlook the importance of this aspect or marginalize it in treatment, but delving into it begins when there is a desire, willingness, and acceptance from the patient to delve into it, of course, after Ben. A good therapeutic relationship facilitates this. Faith is linked to reassurance, and perhaps what some refer to about the weakness of faith is derived from this connection (Indeed, in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest) and also the remembrance has multiple aspects and it may be appropriate to urge the remembrance with relaxation exercises, as there are those who practice the breathing of praises and find reassurance.

Relying on the fact that mental illness is only a weakness of faith, it may have a negative impact because the patient is late in seeking treatment, so seeking treatment is a necessity and a duty because God did not make a disease without making a cure for it. E and take the reasons.

Pressure on the mentally ill to perform religious duties without understanding the nature of his illness may have consequences for his health. At a time when the patient is most in need of support, constant reprimands or intimidation of punishment may result. His aversion and deterioration of the situation, and God Almighty is kind and merciful to His servants, and He made a concession for patients during illness.

In conclusion, all that a person suffering from a psychological disorder needs is understanding, acceptance, support, and supplication, and if we cannot, then at least we must stop issuing judgments.

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