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By On October 10th, 2014

Where did I put my Keys? : The Mystery of Hidden Symptoms

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Written by: Lydia D’Ross, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain and ordained minister

You may laugh at yourself sometimes when you reflect on situations in your own life when you may feel like you are losing it.  I know most people have experienced losing their keys or wallets, and then found those items where they thought they had just looked.  I especially laugh at myself when I make an appointment to the doctor because of pain somewhere in my body, but then, when the doctor comes in, the pain is gone.

It is funny how things like this happen to us in life.  We have symptoms that we may or may not recognize, and they disappear and reappear.  Real change happens when we really listen to those symptoms, and act upon them immediately.   Medical doctors tell us what we need to do to prevent heart disease, diabetes or other illnesses. We have family generational history that our doctors ask us about, so that they can monitor our health more closely.

This also applies to our mental health, as we have a responsibility to take care of ourselves and our overall wellbeing. This includes our inner spirit.  Recognizing symptoms like sudden weight loss or increased appetite, loss of sleep or increased sleep is important as these are physical symptoms that need to be check out by a doctor. Other symptoms that we sometimes overlook are symptoms of depression or fatigue, mood swings, crying spells, lack of energy, or agitation.   Sometimes a loss of a loved one can be very traumatic and we ignore symptoms like anger, shock, denial, guilt, despair or depression, which can be a normal part of the grieving process as they go through their journey of healing.  However, some people dealing with grief can get stuck in those symptoms.

Have you ever said to yourself, “I am really going to deal with this problem,” but, yet, it continues to be a thorn in your side?  Peter said the same thing when he pleaded in prayer to Jesus. “Lord how long must I endure….” And Jesus simply told him “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) We draw strength from God by learning how to overcome our weaknesses.  Our weakness is actually our strength, because we realize that without God’s strength, we cannot overcome our difficulties on our own.

At Brookhaven Hospital, our counseling team recognizes these symptoms. We know that it takes courage to recognize that you might need help.  With professional Christian counselors made available for you through our Renewal Christian Care Program, we want you to know there is no shame in seeking help.

Don’t wait any longer. These symptoms cannot be ignored.  Incredible things happen when you begin to take control of your symptoms, instead of letting your symptoms control you. Call us:

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