I don't have a lot of answers for you, but I do have one: Saint Dymphna.
Hear us, O God, our Savior, as we honor St. Dymphna, patron of those afflicted with mental and emotional illness. Help us to be inspired by her example and comforted by her merciful help. Amen.
There are others listed here as well. St. Dymphna is my 'go-to' Saint. My biological father has severe mental illness, and my sister and I have various issues. Her Feast Day was May 15; there are Novenas to her available as well.
She is my Confirmation Saint; the Holy Spirit truly guided me to her 30 years ago! I have a statue of her, a Saint card, and a religious medal with a relic (3rd class, probably).
I have to believe that God loves me as I am; that includes any 'illnesses', and He knows my heart and soul.
God bless you, and may the help you are receiving assist you in getting better.
Good St. Dymphna, you placed all your hope in Christ's promises, and sacrificed even your life in that hope. The Lord, God, rewarded your constancy by making your name known and loved over many centuries by the thousands whom you have aided in time of difficulty. Please assist us now in our present necessity, and intercede before God for our intentions. Obtain for us a firm hope like your own in God's unfailing protection. Amen.
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Greetings to you all!
There has been something bothering me the past couple of days and I would like some help. You see, I have never really told anyone about what I have because I'm afraid that I'll be ostracized for what I'm going to say so here it goes...
I have a mild case of Bipolar Disorder.
There are days where I can never see the good the world has to offer, let alone God's love and grace he gives to us all. I fall into despair, thinking God doesn't love me which leads me to unhealthy thoughts like (in very VERY extreme times) suicide and what would happen if I were to attempt it. Then there are days where I'm functioning well and can laugh and have a good time and I feel "normal." There are times, too, where I feel my faith is slipping through my fingers and I can't stop it. That is why I'm here to ask for help.
Is there a patron saint for mental illnesses? Or a novena to relieve this anguish I suffer?
Is my faith being compromised because of the mental battle I fight? What can I do to work with my diagnosis and be a functioning member of society?
And do not worry. I am getting professional treatment and aid to help me get through these times of trial.