“Did you just say, Get over it?”
Even in 2018 people are still saying this as a response to mental health. This is exactly why I and countless others are talking about it so openly. Yes, I may tell you to pray about it and focus on scripture to get you through it. But, I am never suggesting prayer in itself will cure your diagnosed illness or singly get you through a season of depression. I mean, miracles do happen, but those stand to serve a much greater purpose. That is what best-selling novel turned movies are made of! And let’s face it our God is a marketing genius! But he is also the same God who looked at Apostle Paul and declined his request to heal his affliction. (2 Corinthians 12:8) What I advocate is be proactive by staying on top of your prescribed medications. Seek a specialist in your illness to discuss the specifics about how you’re feeling. And when you do that, you’ll be clearer to hear God speak His grace and peace to you. You’ll be better focused on prayer and worship. You will then be better equipped to fight off your messenger of Satan sent to buffet you. (2 Corinthians 12:7)
To those who have used this response I say, you are essentially telling the person there reality and emotions make you uncomfortable and for selfish reasons, you’d like them to not talk about it and stop having their opinion. And I assure you, this response never ends well and by not validating their feelings it could be the ticking time bomb that sends a person over the edge. And yes, we should be talking about our feelings despite prior generations of teachings to stuff them aside because it’s not proper to discuss in public.
Unless we, those afflicted, do not stop talking about it, we may always stand to be met with, “Just get over it”. My first inclination is to suggest you simply stay clear of those people. But how do you ignore this response from friends, family, or even pastors? Well, first is to submit ourselves to the understanding we alone may not be able to change their minds, but as a wave of overcomers’ committed to change, it will come. And on that, I end with Romans 5:3-5, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us”.