SUNDAY SERMON: WHEN WOMEN WHO ARE MENTALLY STRESSED, MISTAKEN FOR DEMONICALLY POSSESSED



THERE IS A REASON WHY THE BIBLE LAYS OUT CERTAIN SOCIAL ROLES AND OBLIGATIONS AND FORBADES WOMEN FROM CERTAIN ROLES AND OBLIGATIONS. OUR ANCESTORS UNDERSTOOD THE ROLE THAT STRESS PLAYED ON WOMEN’S BODIES AND MINDS. WOMEN SUFFER MORE STRESS THAN MEN BECAUSE THEIR RESPONSE TO STRESS IS DIFFERENT. WOMEN HAVE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT HORMONAL SYSTEM, WHICH AS A RESULT CAUSES THEM TO REACT MORE EMOTIONALLY AND BECOME MORE EXHAUSTED ON AN EMOTIONAL LEVEL. RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT WOMEN MAY FEEL THE SYMPTOMS OF STRESS MORE OR GET MORE OF THE SYMPTOMS OF STRESS THAN MEN. THIS CAN RAISE THEIR RISK OF DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.

MANY MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS, SUCH AS DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR DISORDER, AFFECT MORE WOMEN THAN MEN OR AFFECT WOMEN IN DIFFERENT WAYS FROM MEN. DEPRESSION IS NOT ONLY THE MOST COMMON WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM BUT MAY BE MORE PERSISTENT IN WOMEN THAN MEN. MORE THAN 1 IN 5 WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES EXPERIENCED A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION IN THE PAST YEAR, SUCH AS DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY. WOMEN ARE ALSO TWO TO THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN MEN TO ATTEMPT SUICIDE, EVEN THOUGH MEN COMMIT SUICIDE FOUR TIMES MORE OFTEN. THIS IS FREQUENTLY OVERLOOKED, ASPECT OF MENTAL HEALTH. THIS DISCUSSION EXPLORES HOW MENTAL ILLNESS CAN BE CONFUSED WITH DEMONIC POSSESSION. SOME OF THE SAME SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS ARE ALSO DEEMED SIGNS OF DEMONIC POSSESSION. THE BIBLE DOES NOT SPEAK TO DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN DEMON POSSESSION AND A PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS. HOWEVER, IN SOME OF THESE PASSAGES, THE DEMON POSSESSION CAUSES PHYSICAL AILMENTS (INABILITY TO SPEAK, EPILEPTIC SYMPTOMS, BLINDNESS, ETC. [MATTHEW 9:32-33, MARK 9:17-18]);

ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, WOMEN ARE TWO TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN MEN TO EXPERIENCE WOMEN`S MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS SUCH AS DEPRESSION, EATING DISORDERS, AND PANIC DISORDERS, ANXIETY DISORDER, INCLUDING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, PANIC DISORDER, OR OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER. REDUCING THE OVERREPRESENTATION OF WOMEN WHO ARE DEPRESSED WOULD CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO LESSENING THE GLOBAL BURDEN OF DISABILITY CAUSED BY PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS. IN ORDER TO DO THAT WOMEN WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TO RETURN TO A MORE DOMESTIC DAILY ROUTINE.

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