Wednesday, June 22, 2016

OCD, great quote and deep sorrow


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called "rituals," however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.
OCD is not a personality disorder.  It is treated effectively by
Serotonin Selective Re-uptake Inhibitors , Some of these are: Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapo.
 Behavior management has also had some success in treating this disease.

Quotes Worth Quoting

Christmas Evans

Speaking of man kind."He is an enemy to His maker; a rebel against Jehovah; a blank-nay, worse--a blot in God's creation; dead to every virtue, dead to everything but sin;..... lost to every gracious purpose of his being;  A withered branch, fit only to be plucked off, and cast into the fire; stubble, ready for the burning.  "Let him alone!" said Reason.  "Cut him down!" cried Justice. "I hate the workers of iniquity!" added Holiness. "He or I must perish!" exclaimed  Truth.
"Spare him! Spare him! Spare him!:" pleaded weeping Mercy.  And Wisdom came forth, leading the Son of God, and said: "I have found a ransom! "Behold the Mediator!"  And all the attributes met and embraced at the manger, and kissed each other at the cross"
Evans, Christmas. (c.1844) " Sermons of Christmas Evans" Philadelphia: J. Harmstead,  p. 123


Acts 8:2 -devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. (NASB)
Some think that 'being strong' for the LORD in grief is to show little emotion.  It is true that we must be trusting God in the dark valley.  However the Scripture says that devout men... made loud lamentation over him. Loud here (megan) means great.  The word devout (eulabeis) denotes being "in reverence of God and cautious about doing his will" ( TNDT, volume 2:751). These men gave full vent to their grief. 

Deep Sorrow-

 I remember when I had just witnessed the death of our daughter in a head-on collision, a well meaning police officer upon seeing me crying said, "Come on now, you have to be 'strong' for your family." I told him, "you be the cop and I will be the father." Being strong is not bottling up your emotions.  Lamentation in the above text. (kopetos) carries the idea of  wailing and beating on the breast (See Vines Expository Dictionary, p. 124, under bewail).

This was no quiet acquiescence to God's will.  It was an expression of deep, noisy sorrow over a godly man who was taken before His time. I am speaking about the human response of grief and not the divine sovereignty which also is valid and denotes God's providential will working out in the lives of His people.

Again often in Teutonic cultures a stoicism wins the day.  We are here to 'celebrate the life of the believer'.  This may be so but it is valid to do so through a veil of tears and and deep groaning.

Depression - I have cried loudly day after day for months. Why was this so? It was because my central nervous system and my brain  were not doing what they use to do in the daily grind of normalcy.   I was walking in darkness like Job, not as far as sin goes but as to the face of the Lord being hid from him through this awful disease of depression.  When did it all stop? I will not lie to you; it was when they found the right medication, to regulate my brain and central nervous system.

There are still many who deny the efficacy of anti-depressant,; they are greatly mistaken.
God numbered every tear drop, I cried and they have been written in His book, the Bible. .Once again I find that Spurgeon said it well in his book, The Treasury of David. Please go to this link.