Christian Cognitive Dissonance and Health

Christian Cognitive Dissonance and Health October 7, 2018

This is from a blog that is rarely updated and mostly shuttered now A Lovely Calling by Lisa and is one of the saddest, yet common stories in Quiverfull Evangelical. The story of lots of health problems that are complicated by panic attacks and anxiety. This girl takes it to a completely over the top place by ignoring a back problem, having gall bladder removal at a young age before suddenly deciding it’s Satan sent panic attacks that Jesus alone can heal.

This is so sad, describing feelings of anxiety and depression as selfishness! Please, if this is you please, please, please do not think you’ve done something to bring this on, or that you are responsible in any way. If you have depression and anxiety please go see your doctor first. It could be physical, or chemical. It’s not Satan or Jesus. It’s perfectly normal in some circumstances, like the author above describes of having a schizophrenic father and other life challenges. Don’t suffer alone and please do not blame yourself. This is the most dangerous of lies in Evangelicalicalism!


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  • This kind of thinking makes me so sad. They can still believe in God while getting professional help if they would look at it as doctors and medicine being instruments of God if that is what is necessary for them to seek medical help.

  • SAO

    Since she isn’t anguished over sexual sin, my bet is she was a virgin when she married. She did everything right — saving herself for marriage, believing in God — so, she should have a happily-ever-after. Surprise! That only happens in fairy tales.

    She may need medication, but plenty of people see a fair amount of progress with cognitive behavioral therapy. If the Fundamentalists weren’t so busy selling toxic fairy tales, they’d embrace CBT as a way to do real good, keeping a Christian focus, and eschewing medication.

  • Sunshine

    I’ll never forget the comments this crazy lady from our old Fundy church made to me about a year or so before we finally left. She was asking me about my migraines and I told her that my main trigger was stress and anxiety and she said I was “living in the flesh ” and that “worry is a mild form of atheism “. I heard that same self righteous bullshit so many times from the pulpit. Never mind that anxiety and depression are caused by a chemical imbalance and is just as much of a medical condition as cancer or diabetes. I wanted to slap her. My blood boils just thinking about it. That’s a lovely way to be an example of Christian love and encouragement.

  • Saraquill

    One very bad night, one woman took one look at me and raved about how she suffered so much, I have no good reason for being upset, it’s all about her, etc. From then on I had no regard for this woman.

  • Saraquill

    Since she bills herself as a Christian, it might help her to realize her messiah provided mental health services.* Hence there is no shame in her seeking it out.

    *An interpretation of casting demons out of someone.

  • MadScientist1023

    I find it interesting that this is a past post from someone who has now largely gone silent. As someone who lives with a person with an anxiety disorder, I know that one of the first things to go when his anxiety and depression are acting up is his motivation and creativity. I can’t help but wonder if the reason she’s gone silent is because those “truths” her god has shown her didn’t take, and now she’s back to being depressed and anxious, therefore killing her motivation to post.

  • persephone

    Probably. Also, if she’s bad again, she is probably drowning in guilt, and doesn’t want to tell anyone.

  • Atheisticus

    One of the saddest realizations is that many suicides don’t occur in the depths of depression, but once one recovers sufficiently to actually take action, based on the realization that recovery may not be a permanent state.

  • texassa

    I could barely see past the terrible writing. This is a great example of why children should go to school and read books.

  • otrame

    My ex had a patient tell him, “I’d kill myself but I don’t have enough energy.” The ex got this guy a psych consult STAT. The real danger, as you said, would be when he started getting better, because that is when they do have the energy.

  • zizania

    Yes, very odd use of the word “trigger”. I think she really meant something like “attribute”.

  • Emily Elizabeth Windsor-Cragg

    She has been a victim of the medical philosophy of profiteering. The allopathic medical profession works for MONEY. They don’t care about her life or any life–assuredly–NOT my life. I’ve had twenty years of medical malfeasance, neglect and indifference for a congenital problem that affects everything. The Medical System is ONLY about visits, tests, procedures and followup. They have ZERO interest in people.

  • Emily Elizabeth Windsor-Cragg

    I posted and the post was deleted.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Not here.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I am sorry that has been your personal experience, but not everyone shares that view. How do you explain traditional medicine used in places with socialized medicine where there is no profit margin?

  • Brien

    Why do non-believers have so much trouble discussing the existence of God with Theists?
    They argue that “God exists/not exist” is a True or False question and when non-believers reject their position and demand proof, they request, because they cannot prove the existence of a deity, that the non-believer proves that God doesn’t exist.

    The difficulty to perceive the fallacy of that demand is because, in their mind, it is inconceivable that anyone does not “see” that God exists in the first place so they must have proof of God’s non-existence since his existence is so obvious to them.

    Theists think that non-believers’ “believe” God doesn’t exist, but rejection of a belief cannot be a “belief”.
    They also reject a “don’t know” answer to preserve the idea the question is a T/F one, therefore, Theists cannot even discern that they are trying to shift the burden of proof.
    They seem to be immune to, and reject, the argument that if you substitute ‘Superman’ for ‘God’ and conclude that if you cannot prove that superman does not exists, he must exist, is the same fallacy, they will immediately respond with, that’s is not comparable because everyone knows that superman does not exist.
    The fact that a-priori they believe god exists makes it impossible to convince them that if one cannot prove “God does not exist” one can conclude that therefor he exists, is a fallacy (Argumentum ad ignorantiam).
    This makes it very difficult to have a logical discussion about the subject.

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  • heleninedinburgh

    I’ve had twenty(-odd) years of excellent care from ‘allopathic’ (i.e. actual) doctors, who almost certainly didn’t go into neurology for ‘MONEY.’ If you want to play duelling anecdotes I’m up for it.