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    "The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."
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prayerbear

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After years of being judged and treated as inferior by other people in the church for having a mental illness, I found in my church a special service for the developmentally disabled. The people have mental illness, behaviour problems are autistic and the list goes on!

I am so happy to fit in a church where others have the same mental (and of course, physical) disabilities just like me! I got so excited to be included with people just like me and I don't have the "stigma" of being judged just because I have OCD, PTSD, and mood disorder. I am very happy to finally belong!

I always felt inferior to people in "normal" services and I did not DARE mention having a mental illness. They act like it is something I did wrong, have a "demon spirit" or I don't "have enough faith" I am free from that stigma in my special church. So don't give up on hope.

I am also going to check out mental health support groups through the Tulsa Alliance for the Mentally Ill and find more friends there. No man is an island-everyone is really wanting to belong somewhere and be accepted. A lot of people are looking for friends so how can I be lonely?


miss ex-clean(recovering OCD and cleaning addictions):dance:
 
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that's wonderful news, prayerbear! :goodjob: it must make an enormous difference in your life, to just be accepted, regardless of your emotional struggles. after all, you're just as human as any of us :)
 

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