Nothing New Under the Sun

By Danita Wright
May 20, 2019

Today’s society appears to be overwhelmingly in emotional pain and distress. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 17.3 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2017; 11 million had a depressive episode that impaired their daily life. 19.1% percent of the population of the United States has had difficulty with anxiety. These numbers are staggering but let’s look at some of the causes: bullying, depression, physical and sexual abuse, infertility. Statistics show that 49% of children grades 4-12 have been bullied, 30.8% admit to having been the bully themselves (stopbullying.gov). Even more staggering are the statistics that the National Sexual Violence Resource Center reports: 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been or will be raped at some point in their lives and these are only the statistics for the United States. 

You may ask what is going on in the world? But believe it or not there is nothing new under the sun. There has been evidence of mental distress even in the the Old Testament. One example is Hannah. Hannah’s situation relates to some of the issues that women are experiencing today. She was infertile and was bullied because of her infertility. As a result Hannah suffered depression and a poor self-image (1Samuel 1:1-19). Hannah suffered with these feelings for many years and was desperate for help. She prayed fervently to God for her situation to change and sought counsel. 

Another great figure from Old Testament times is King David. David had highs and lows his entire life. Sometimes he made decisions that caused other people great pain and that put a wedge in his relationship to God. In his life story there are demonstrations of family dysfunction, violence and even incest. There are also examples of him seeking counsel. What message do these persons have for us today? 

Times have become difficult and heart wrenching, but there is nothing new under the sun. You are not alone and your circumstances are not impossible. There are counselors that are skilled in therapeutic modalities and know the importance of God’s intervention. Seek out those committed to the ministry of therapy who skillfully offer help, hope and healing. No matter how great your pain is, do not give up! LCC has caring Christian counselors who can help you. 

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Danita Wright, LCSW-R, counsels children and families at the Community Mental Health Center of South Nassau Community Hospital. Her clinical experience includes working in school settings, counseling people with a history of chemical dependence, adjustment disorders, and marriage and family counseling. She holds an MSW from Adelphi University and is a certified field supervisor. Adept at both group and individual therapy, Danita counsels children, teens and adults at LCC’s Mineola site.

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