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Copyright July 28, 2005 11:51 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti


Updated July 29, 2005 12:34 AM CST

Copyright July 29, 2005 12:34 AM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti




Since mental health problems are not necessarily identical in all respects and because of the litigious (prone to engage in lawsuits) nature of our society we must protect ourselves at the same time that we seek to help others.  Therefore, please note the following:


ADVISORY:  The following advice and commentary is neither intended nor claimed to be complete or definitive relative to the mental health problem you are addressing.  We advise you to contact an appropriate spiritual/mental health professional in your area to deal with the problem with which you are faced.



The best way to find a Bible-believing psychiatrist is to consult the pastor of a church in your area.  Most pastors will be glad to recommend someone whether or not you are a member of their church.  In addition, if an emergency situation arises, the average, emergency room, medical doctor at most hospitals has, at least, a minimum amount of psychiatric training to deal with mental health crisis situations.


Abnormal behavior can be a person's attempt to maintain their sanity, an attempt to keep from losing control of their mind.  Loss of control of one’s mind could result in a loss of control of one’s physical faculties.  The reason people turn to abnormal behavior CAN BE due to simple ignorance of NORMAL ways of maintaining one's sanity.  The only likely exception to this is a person who chooses to live what they know will be an evil life.  Note that we said “evil,” not “sinful.”  There is a difference.  “Evil” refers to something that encourages sin but is not necessarily sin itself.  “Sinful’ refers to what both encourages sin and IS sin.  In the case of a person who chooses to live an evil life, abnormal behavior CAN BE an expression of rebellion against God and/or people.  However, it can also be an expression of temporary loss of the ability to tell the difference between good and evil.  Such loss of ability can occur from alcohol consumption and/or drug use and/or psychotic episode (“temporary insanity”).  A psychotic episode CAN BE caused by an overtaxing of one’s God-given, automatic, mental defense mechanisms, which work continually to maintain a person’s sanity.  Such overtaxing can occur when one’s knowledge of life is not extensive (complete) enough to explain how a “bad experience” is consistent with the belief in a caring God and/or consistent with the natural fiction (natural, beneficial delusion) that “life cares.”


Usually, sanity is maintained by maintaining “sane awareness.”  “Sane awareness” is “awareness of sane knowledge and sane belief.”  You might wonder how knowledge or belief can or cannot be sane.  Knowledge or belief is or is not sane depending on how it SPONTANEOUSLY (automatically [involving no act of choosing]) affects a person.  For example, what would be your SPONTANEOUS reaction if you had a little boy and someone was rushing toward your little boy to “hit him in the head with a baseball bat”?  You would INSTINCTIVELY (another word for SPONTANEOUSLY) attempt to block the attacker.  In that moment, you would be experiencing what is called “profound concern.”  It could also be called “loving insanity.”  The difference between profound concern (loving insanity) and insanity is that profound concern results in one’s energies AUTOMATICALLY (instinctively [spontaneously]) being directed to accomplish good.  In the case of the attacker, the good would be the health and well-being of your little boy.  Insanity, on the other hand, results in one’s energies AUTOMATICALLY (instinctively [spontaneously]) being directed to accomplish evil.  This could take the form of self-inflicted wounds and/or suicide.