UACCCI - Bishop's Newletter
United Graduate College and Seminary - United Association of Christian Chaplains and Counselors


UACCCI Ministries
Rev. Dr. Howard McFarland                         Administrator – Lead Bishop



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This Month, I want to Share in my Blog

  Philippians 4:4-9

This passage, covers a couple of things I want to share this Month. 
We all know that the first Thursday of May is set aside as National Day    of Pray,
   & also May is Mental Health Awareness Month. 

   As Ministers, Chaplains & Biblical Counselors, we have all seen the effects of Mental Illness in
our society. A Mental Disorder is an impairment of the mind causing disruption in normal thinking, feeling, mood, behavior, or interpersonal interactions, and accompanied by significant distress or dysfunction 
The causes of mental disorders are regarded as complex and varying depending on the particular disorder and the individual. Although the causes of most mental disorders are not fully understood, researchers have identified a variety of biological, psychological, and environmental factors that can contribute to the development or progression of mental disorders. Most mental disorders are a result of a combination of several different factors rather than just a single factor.
Hospitals are designed to treat the mentally ill ranged in their care and admittance of who would be treated within their walls. Individuals with conditions ranging from mild mental delay to severe mental illness with violent tendencies could be found in Hospital settings.  Modern facilities and Psych Centers are far more discerning about which conditions will require an individual to be committed. Here are the 5 Root Symptoms conditions that have the possibility of landing a person in a psych  facility. Of course, if you have seen or know the DSM Codes they list a lot more detailed conditions.
      1. Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that affects the way a person feels and thinks. This disorder appears to be the mental disorder of choice when it comes to illustrating mental illness in movies and other media, as the disease is not as common as some of the other disorders. Most individuals who have schizophrenia will begin exhibiting symptoms in late adolescence, but some individuals do not show any signs until they're adults. There have been some very rare cases of incredibly early-onset schizophrenia in children as young as thirteen years old
                      2.Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness in which an individual's mood cycles between extreme depression and mania. Mania is categorized as a happy and energized feeling, while feelings of sadness and hopelessness characterize depression. Common symptoms are feelings of elation, increased activity levels, trouble sleeping, delusions of grandeur and engaging in risky behavior during the manic cycle. Patients can then experience an episode of feeling down, having very little energy, feeling worried and anxious, and thinking about death and suicide during the depression cycle  
                      3.Clinical Depression
Clinical depression is sometimes called major depressive disorder and is one of the more common mental illnesses. Symptoms are severe and persistent, lasting for at least two weeks, but typically extend beyond this time. Symptoms of depression include persistent sadness, irritability, hopelessness, decreased energy and fatigue, and difficulty sleeping and concentrating
                     4.Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder is characterized by an individual's distortion of self, fluctuation in moods and erratic behavior. Individuals with this disorder may have poor impulse control and quickly cycle between feelings of extreme elation to feelings of depression and extreme anger. Patients with this disorder tend to behave erratically or in such a way that there is no middle ground. Their goals and ideas change rapidly. Many will enter into new relationships, whether romantic or friendships with intensity, but will end the relationship quickly to stave off their feelings of being abandoned. They may also engage in behavior that is reckless and impulsive, such as unsafe sex with multiple partners, binge eating, and drug abuse
                       5. Dissociative Identity Disorder
 (DID) was once known as multiple personality disorder. It is considered a response to trauma. Individuals with this disorder have fragmented aspects of their personality, which in turn become two or more distinct personas, which essentially "take over" or control the original personality. It is believed that this fragmentation is designed to protect the individual's conscience from an extremely traumatic event. Other symptoms of dissociative identity disorder include memory loss, change in behavior to include speech pattern and accent, and changes in the sense of self, cognition and motor function.
When we read this Passage of Scripture, we unfold some keys to helping people with Mental Disorders. 
Paul points to be careful for nothing, but in everything by Prayer & Supplication.                                     Not only to we need to be Praying for the person, we also need to lead them into & relationship with Christ & discipline them in the art of Praying.                                                                                       The second phase that Paul talks about in this passage is changing or thinking patterns. If you think & live in negativity it will affect Mental Disorders. So, we have to help people redirect their thinking patterns. 
There are 4 things, that we as Ministers, Chaplains & Biblical Counselors can do to help with the crises of Mental Illness: 
Educate your communities and congregations. Promote awareness by educating the members of your communities and congregations about mental health issues through educational forums and other opportunities.                                                                                                                          Identify opportunities to support people with Mental Illnesses. Religious and other community organizations can play an important role in supporting individuals living with mental illnesses and encouraging them to seek help                                                                                                    Connect individuals and families to help. Strengthen the connections within your community to mental health services and support and enhance linkages between mental health, substance abuse, disability, and other social services.                                                                                  Promote acceptance of those with Mental health Issues. The voices of leaders and members of faith-based and other community organizations can greatly influence attitudes about mental health conditions and those who experience them.                                                                               

Blessings.........  Rev. Dr. Howard McFarland


Rev. Dr.Howard McFarland





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