The science of trial and error

The thing about practicing medicine is that sometimes you’re practicing patients…I mean patience. Especially when it comes to psychological/psychiatric things. (Psychologist I think is the one who has the PhD and psychiatrist has the MD…I think.. let me google that…yeah, that’s correct [and when did Google become a verb?]). One thing I’ve learned over the years is that when it comes to medicine for things like ADD and other mental health issues, it can be trial and error sometimes.

And it’s not their fault. It’s just that each of us is messed up in our own wonderful way. We read in Psalm 39 that in fact, all of this, all of who we are, we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. He is the one that made us.

“Well, that ain’t all to fair!” we might say. So it’s God who messed this all up on us and that’s why I have to take these meds?? No. That’s not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is that because we’re fearfully and wonderfully made, because we’re all different, each medication will work differently with each of us.

It takes time too. It does. And so many times, when mental health issues pop us, we want to be fixed. We want a pill that takes it away, like some kind of psychological penicillin. There is no quick fix. There is no pill that will fix it all. Heck, even penicillin doesn’t fix it all. In fact, a number of people are allergic to it. And when that happens, what is meant to help can hurt.

And so this is why it is practiced. And it takes patience from patients. There is no promise of total success. What there is a promise of is that you won’t go at it alone if you don’t want to

Huh?

If you are going through mental health issues right now, if you are in need of healing and you don’t know what to do, you are not alone and you don’t have to be if you don’t want to.

Back to Psalm 139

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:10

Even if you find yourself curled up in the fetal position looking for your happy place, tears streaming down your face for no good reason besides that it is Tuesday morning, you aren’t alone. Even there his hand will guide you, his right hand will hold you fast. Even if you’re struggling with paying attention, struggling with focusing, even when you don’t have motivation because you just don’t, even though you struggle with constant pain, struggle with a destructive relationship or a broken one, his hand will guide you, his right hand will hold you close.

God isn’t a pill to fix it all either. No. He is instead the one who comes along side when most needed. He is the one who walks with us when most needed. He is the one who weeps with us in our weeping from depression. He is the one who laughs with us because a shiny object distracted us for a moment or a squirrel looked just awesome on a branch. He is with us in our frustration when we can’t get it together because, well, we just can’t. He is there.

I am passionate about mental health. And I want you to know, no matter what, you are not alone, He is always with you and you are never alone.

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