Question:

My thanks to whoever wrote the statement to the man with schizoaffective disorder.

I have schizoaffective disorder that is often debilitating. I have psychotic episodes whenever there is a major change in my life and suffer many mood swings. More often than not, I cannot get support from many Christians. Only a select few have had the patience for me being feeble minded as I am. Your statement was encouraging and biblical.

I came across your question and answer page when I was browsing the Internet for posts on how it is to be a schizoaffective Christian. I very often find pastors blaming mothers and demon possession, which is completely against the gospel, pushing off accountability for our sinful nature to other entities. I'm not saying all of my disorder is sin. There's a dementia like aspect to it when it comes to delusional and racing thoughts. But most of the time when I end up in trouble, it is because of my own pride.

Anyway, thank you so much for the encouraging Question and Answer page.


Answer:

Thank you for taking the time to let me know that it answer helped you in your situation. Generally people don't know how to behave with situations they don't understand. That is why you find people acting awkward with a disabled person: Do I offer him a hand or will he get offended at me? Mental disabilities cause the same reaction. Therefore, one way to get people past the awkward stage is to be clear about what your disabilities are and what a person can do to help (and what doesn't help).

I'm impressed that you realize that sin is the result of your own choices and that you don't blame it on your mental condition. Few people are that objective with themselves.