Essay on Being A Mental Health Professional

1625 Words Dec 4th, 2016 7 Pages
Being a mental health professional in the 21st century, caring for the mentally infirm, the emotionally damaged, and the spiritually afflicted from a Christian perspective can be a daunting endeavor to say the least. This is, in no small part, due to how Western civilization has come to recognize pathology, specifically psychopathology. When the word itself is broken down and viewed from its Greek origin we learn that psyche means soul, pathos means suffering, and logos means the study of. Adding it all together and we arrive at the study of a suffering soul. At one time, this may have very well been the ultimate goal, and to some extent, it still is. However, mankind has its peculiar way of codifying things, twisting and distorting them so they are more easily digested.
Pathology is the science of the causes and effects of diseases, so by adding the prefix ‘psycho’ we are merely focusing our study on a particular area. In this case, that area is mental disorder. The majority in today’s society would like to stop right here and not proceed with further examination of what psychopathology truly is. Which, in my opinion is a mixture of both sin and weakness: Two words that some have difficulty accepting. Because if we were to stop right here, then man does not have to face the fact that they are not perfect. That they are accountable for their actions. That there exists something larger than themselves which one day they will have to answer to. That it is…

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