Buddhism and Mental Health
I posted before about Buddhism and psychology and had an interesting discussion. Now I would like to add to that by focussing on mental health. There are so many directions to go into that I am not sure which one to begin with. Perhaps making it more specific would be one way.
I am in the field of mental health in more ways than one. Right now I am in the helping end. And have been for a while. But I have also been on the "other side" as someone in need of help. I was diagnosed with mental illnesses 10 years ago and have been in treatment ever since. Boy, could I tell you stories.
Along the way, I found that taking refuge was sometimes literally that, a refuge from unbearable suffering of the most concrete kind. Though I don't expect my clients to follow the same path, I will follow it in order to be able to help them through their dark nights of the soul.
It is important to me to engage in openness about mental health issues. They are profoundly misunderstood, even by professionals, and sadly often by Buddhists too. And I hope that my experience someday helps others know that you can live through and with these kinds of conditions and beyond.