This is so very sad. I've seen this type of thing happen in my own family, although it wasn't due to seeking a pastor's help but, rather, ministers preaching from the pulpit about how it's all a spiritual issue.

I know of more than one family involved in pulpit ministry that used to believe that way but were eventually touched by mental illness themselves and found out the hard way that level of faith, relationship with God, etc. do not prevent mental illness and that it is a physical condition.

This mentality has created a crisis of faith for many people and has perpetuated the stigma that often accompanies mental illnes. Additionally, it creates a closed-minded attitude that alienates people from, often, their greatest support network and leaves them alone to deal with one of the most misunderstood and difficult categories of illness that plagues the human race.

So sad ...

smc