Mental illness and suffering why?

What does God or Jesus say about people who experience mental illness since they were a child but still experience it? What’s the purpose or lesson to be learnt? Like say you experience OCD why? Or emotional dsyregulation.
What’s meaning to this? Why through auffering for so long?/

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Many people Jesus encountered in the Gospels suffered from physical or mental illness. This is a way of participating in Christ’s suffering:

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. Peter 4: 12-13

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I am an abuse survivor and as a result I suffer from Complex PTSD.

Frankly, brain is an organ. When something goes wrong in our brains, it causes problems. I think of my suffering as something I can offer up to the Lord and allow Him to touch me through my suffering.

Also, it helps me to understand and be empathetic to others who are going through abuse.


You can ask the same thing about cancer. Our bodies are not incorruptible, we are subject to illness.

Thank you for your post. I have been there in the past and continue to deal with severe anxiety and depression with my children. Hands down, no comparison, the most effective treatment is PRAYER. Even if you have to beg, make the person say the full rosary every single day! Even when they do not want to, the result is miraculous everything else pales in comparison.


Can you tell me your experience with the rosary?

God is drawing people towards Himself. When the sun comes up tomorrow morning, He’s doing the same thing He’s always done. He uses suffering as a means to draw people closer to Himself. In my experience, He has used my depression as a means of making me into a greater spiritual warrior. The more I suffer, the more I pray for relief. The more I pray for relief, the closer to God I become.

Remember the story in the book of Genesis about Joseph? he was abandoned by his brothers and left for dead. He was even thrown in prison (unjustly, might I add). Yet, even in the midst of his suffering, God was with him. The Lord allowed those events to take place in order to get Joseph into a position in which he was placed second in command of the Egyptian Empire. In the same way, He is allowing a mentally ill person to suffer now in order to make you into a place in which you will be a better warrior, so as to draw you closer to Him.

I thank God for my suffering because through it, He has shown me that I’m hopeless without Him. Had I been mentally healthy, I might have not had the opportunities for such spiritual intimacy that I now experience in Christ Jesus. Those who seek God more will receive more. If your mental illness causes you to seek God more than a mentally healthy person, you are setting yourself up for a greater reward.

I thank God for my suffering. Through it, God is bringing me closer to Him, thereby enriching my relationship with Him. :grinning:

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