Ecclesiastes 2:12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done?
I believe mental illness is related to the way you think. Correct thought is known as truth. How you receive truth is from He who is Truth (God). If you represent the truth you will receive the truth (life) if you do not you will not (death). (proverbs 10:16 The wages (the ultimate outcome) of the righteous ( representing God) is life, but the earnings of the wicked (misrepresenting God) are sin and death.
The thoughts you think have a very close relationship with what you want in your heart.
Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Matthew 9:4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?
I believe if you do not know the truth about God it is possible to think something is true when it is not true about God making it harder for you to represent God in your heart.
2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Therefore one of the ways to help you avoid and/or recover from mental illness is to help you know the truth about God.
Proverbs 4: 20-23 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.
If you do not know the truth about God, you can think something is true about God that is not true.
When you think something is true about God when it is not true, this can hurt your heart. . This can be because of communication about God that is not true. This can be because you have had God misrepresented to you.
John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
God wants to remove the hurt in your heart.
Luke 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
One of the ways to help God help you is to help represent God to you. When you know there is nothing God wants more than you, it is my belief you will be a lot more able to want nothing more than Him.
1 Peter 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
God in his heart wants nothing more than you. I believe that when in your heart you know God wants nothing more than you, you will be a lot more able to want nothing more than you want God, representing God in your heart. This will help you avoid and/ or recover from mental illness.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Matthew 15:13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.