Taking Care of You by IGBATT (All Rights Reserved)
Seeing a doctor on a regular basis, monitoring your symptoms, regulating stress, bringing your thoughts in line with the thoughts of God, exercising, and eating healthier are all important keys in your ability to fulfill your God given purpose for living. So lets spend some time discussing these factors in more detail.
“…I wish above all things that thou mayest proper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” 3 John 1:2
Taking Medications/Doctors Visits
Taking medications as prescribed, and seeing a doctor on a regular basis are important strategies for maintaining your health, and living the life that God has for you. In fact, if you have a mental illness or think that you may have a mental illness, seeing a doctor will be the second step in your recovery process. Your first step will be developing or maintaining a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Whenever you do see a doctor for the first time, he or she will talk with you about your symptoms and give you a complete physical. This physical will help your doctor to determine if the symptoms that you are experiencing are in fact related to a mental illness, and not to some other illness or disease. Then upon completion of your physical and depending on your symptoms, your doctor may choose to prescribe medications for you, refer you to a mental health worker, or do both. In any event, if your doctor feels that medications are warranted, he or she will explain the medications that they are recommending to you, and answer any questions that you might have about them. But please understand that medications used to treat mental illnesses, just like those used for high blood pressure or diabetes, do not cure the illness. They can however, help to regulate your symptoms so that you can live a better life, and walk out your God given purpose with more energy and less discomfort. You may not want to take medications, but medications can help to decrease your symptoms, shorten the number of days that you have to stay in the hospital, and in some cases even help to keep you out of the hospital. Remember, God has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness, to include medications. So don’t reject the tools that He has provided for you to live a better life. If you need medications, try to take them as prescribed, and if you are having any problems with them, talk to you doctor as soon as possible. Remember God created you for a purpose, and that purpose does not have to be aborted just because you have been diagnosed with an illness, or have to take medications.