On Spiritual Emergency, Shamanism, Mental Illness, Therapy, and Anti-Psychiatry Sentiment in the General Pagan/Polytheist Community

I agree with this post wholeheartedly. In my last post I admitted to my mental illness, and to my use of medication to treat it as well. It was hard for me to talk about because I was afraid people, then, might not take me seriously. On the flip side of that, some people are saying that mental illness can help you, spiritually, or that it is the sign of a healer, and that these people should therefore not take medication. I think that it’s possible for a mental illness to awaken things in you, and might even teach you something, but if you are suffering, get help! My husband, who I’ve mentioned is agnostic, taught me that while my spirituality is important to me, and surely has helped me grow and made me who I am, it is not the only thing that is important. If, because of a mental illness, you are having profound spiritual visions, but the rest of your life is crashing and you can’t see a way back, if you can’t hold a job or a relationship, then it just isn’t worth it.
When my depression and anxiety were at their worst, I am absolutely sure that nothing would have dug me out of that dark hole other than medication, therapy, and time.
I am pagan. I have a mental illness. My spirituality helps me, and so does medication.

Foxglove & Firmitas

Alternative Title: I’m Gonna Keep Talking About This Until It’s a Generally Accepted Thing…

It happened again. Someone posted another article on mental illness being a sign of a healer being born on the Local Pagan Facebook Group with the general overarching but not direct message being that all native and ancient cultures saw it as this. Now I don’t deny that mental illness can be the birth of a healer. I’ve known too many people who have struggled with a history of it, myself included, that haven’t found themselves called to help others dealing with similar problems.

However, these articles tend to stress how society is actually the sick one, and how we need to stop shoving pills at people to fix all their problems.

Anyone who has ever been on psychiatric medication will probably tell you that pills don’t solve all the problems and most professionals are pretty…

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