The pain of emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and other related struggles is oftentimes the most excruciating of all forms of human suffering. The grip of mental illness and emotional difficulty can be unrelenting, and can make life incredibly difficult – both for the person suffering and for the many family members, friends, co-workers, pastors, and others impacted by the struggle.
The struggle of mental illness and emotional distress can be particularly difficult for Christians. Persons of faith who are struggling oftentimes delay seeking professional help out of fear that a psychiatrist or psychologist will not understand or respect the Christian faith. Others delay for lack of knowing where to turn for competent, expert professional help.