I want to touch on a controversial subject. What comes to mind when I mention the words: counselors or mental health? Many at BGBC don't want to touch that subject. Mental health professionals were talked down as if they were evil and would brainwash you. Even Biblical Christian counseling was not respected. The only kind of counseling that I remember which was acceptable was the kind in pastor's office. We've talked about those "meetings". I'm trying to remember positive results from those counseling meetings and can think of none. In fact, in our experience, they only induced anguish and emotional turmoil - some that has lasted for years.
As I have been writing blog posts, talking with old friends and now new friends who were former members of BGBC, I am hearing a lot of stories - stories that remind me of my experiences that were long forgotten. Hearing these stories takes my mind back to my former days at BGBC.
By Mayo Clinic staff Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms typically start within three months of a traumatic event. In a small number of cases, though, PTSD symptoms may not appear until years after the event.
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are generally grouped into three types: intrusive memories, avoidance and numbing, and increased anxiety or emotional arousal (hyperarousal).
Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:
Symptoms of avoidance and emotional numbing may include:
- Flashbacks, or reliving the traumatic event for minutes or even days at a time
- Upsetting dreams about the traumatic event
Symptoms of anxiety and increased emotional arousal may include:
- Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Avoiding activities you once enjoyed
- Hopelessness about the future
- Memory problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty maintaining close relationships
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can come and go. You may have more post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms when things are stressful in general, or when you run into reminders of what you went through. You may hear a car backfire and relive combat experiences, for instance. Or you may see a report on the news about a rape and feel overcome by memories of your own assault.
- Irritability or anger
- Overwhelming guilt or shame
- Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much
- Trouble sleeping
- Being easily startled or frightened
- Hearing or seeing things that aren't there
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation. 2 Cor 1:4-7