Was he mentally ill?

The young man that shot and killed students this week at the University of Illinois was labeled “mentally ill”. Of course we think that he was, who would do anything like this in his right mind, we say. But I believe it was much deeper than this.

My prayers go out to all the families that were hit by this terrible tragedy. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

When I saw this following comment, it made me think.
“His parents placed him in a treatment home after high school, because he had become “unruly” at home.”
What was his home life like? I don’t know. I believe if we where to know what went on in his home, this might provide many answers. But we don’t.

How many young people today are “unruly” and thus placed on drugs? Parents do not want to deal with their kids behaviors, so they drug them up. Hard to imagine, but true. They now have many behavior labels that they use and thus all kinds of drugs to deal with the problem.

This is real sad when we began to see the problem of overmedicating that is mounting at an incredible speed. Our society is severely drug induced. All ages, now have become the victims.

Now, I do think that there are real cases of mental illness out there, but I believe in most cases we are looking for the “quick fix” and not taking the time to look at the problem and what might be causing it.

What would happen if all the people that have been labeled “mentally ill” , depressed and ADD suddenly could not get their medication?

From what I hear in the following quote, this may have been the problem with this young man who did the recent killings.

“He never wanted to identify with being mentally ill” she said (the house mgr. for the home where he stayed) “that was part of the problem”. Part of the problem? I believe it may have been more than just “a part”.

Another quote was, “He had a history of resisting his medications”. Why? Was he forced to believe that he was mentally ill? Was it because no one wanted to deal with him? No one had the time?

The University police chief said, “He became erratic in the past two weeks after he stopped taking his medications”. Was he still crying out, I am not mentally ill? Someone listen to me? Someone help me?

Sorry, but it was too late.

This is once again, a wake up call for all of us.

May God help us to beware of the people that God has placed in our lives. Let us not be so consumed with our own agenda that we put blinders on and thus not notice those around us. May we run from the “quick fix”.

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6 Responses to “Was he mentally ill?”

  1. timbob Says:

    Greetings. As we watch society coming apart before our eyes, the verse comes to mind “except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved.” We’re on a runaway train and this situation is one more example of what happens when a nation turns its back on God. Tragically, six souls from Northern Illinois University are in eternity right now because there was nobody standing in the gap. This is a very serious matter. May we see these souls as Jesus sees them and do all that we can to rescue the perishing. Thanks for the reflections on this.

    Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.

    timbob

  2. rjperalta Says:

    Timbob,
    Thanks for you comment, so true. By His grace may we be led of His Spirit each and every day to souls that will spend eternity either in heaven or hell.
    Have a good week in Jesus!

  3. Jason Says:

    “Parents do not want to deal with their kids behaviors, so they drug them up.”

    Actually, that’s not quite true. In most cases, the parents are afraid to deal with their children’s behavior. Up until 5 years ago, it was illegal in the state of Texas (Texas! One of the most non-liberal states in this country!!) to spank your child. This didn’t stop some parents, of course. But it did stop a number of them. Especially when the child would find out and threaten the parent(s) with calling the police, CPS, etc. So most parents have bowed out of the equation.

    Another problem is the difference between what we say and what we do. The Christian doctrine of “No Law” is one of, if not the, biggest problems. Christians teach, in violation to the Word of G-d, that Torah (incorrectly translated as “Law”) has been done away with. This means that there is no accountability. Christians can sin and just say “oops, I’m sorry” and everything is forgiven. And so they do. Again and again and again and again.

    What’s worse is that they teach this false doctrine to their children. So now these children grow up with no sense of accountability to G-d. The doctrine of “No Law” has lead Christians to become perpetual and habitual sinners.

    Now, by the same token, those who follow Torah, no matter how strictly, are in trouble if they are doing so because they believe it will earn them their salvation. It won’t because the motivation is wrong.

    Look at Avram. G-d said to Avram, “I will be your G-d and you will be my people”. Avram believed G-d, and THEN obeyed Him. Whereapon G-d renamed him to Avraham.

    Look at Yitzhak (Issac). G-d said, “I will be your G-d and you will be my people”. Yitzhak believed G-d, and THEN obeyed Him.

    And how about Ya’akov? G-d said, “I will be your G-d and you will be my people”. Ya’akov believed G-d, and THEN obeyed Him.

    Yeshua said, “If you love me, keep my mitzvot (commandments)”. If we believe in Yeshua (Jesus), THEN should we not obey Him?

    Following Torah is not how we earn our salvation, but is what we do in response to our salvation. If more people truly believed Yeshua, then they would follow His Words and obey His commandments (which is not just 2 or 10 or 15. It’s ALL of them). And if our children see us doing this with strength, conviction, and passion, then they will emulate us just as we emulate our Father.

    And this is what will help eliminate such problems in our society and, indeed, the world.

  4. rjperalta Says:

    Jason,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    I know that our laws are not conducive to good discipline. This is unfortunate. However, this does not take away our drug addictive society. All for the greed of money.
    Yes, Jesus is the answer to the world problems! Obeying his commandments leads to life.
    Good comments. Thanks

  5. Jason Says:

    Very true, very true. And I apologize if I implied otherwise. You are correct in that there seems to be a drug to “cure” all ills, be they real or merely imagined.

    I don’t believe that the problem is greed per se. Of course the drug manufacturers want to be paid for their work. I can understand that. And new medications are quite expensive to bring to market. But this isn’t the root of the problem.

    The real problem (in relation to drug over-prescription) is, in my humble opinion, that many, if not most, doctors believe that they can cure all ills. They, in a very real sense, believe that they have supplanted G-d.

  6. rjperalta Says:

    Jason,
    Yes, that is also a problem (doctors thinking that they have the cure all).
    Thanks for stopping by,
    May you be blessed with His grace.

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