There is always tomorrow

Last Update: July 16, 2019

My trip to the international OCD conference is not happening. The irony of it is that, I was supposed to talk about the challenges of suffering from OCD in my country.

I have learned a lot about my condition and how it is like suffering from a mental illness in my country. Although some people I have been talking to, understand and appreciate mental illness. Most do not know the impact of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, in general and the impact it has on families in our society.

The African families believe so much in witchcraft and demons, as well as appeasing the ancestors. This affects our day to day living and decisions.

Once someone is sick, and the doctors are failing to cure the fast. The family rushes to traditional healers. Don’t get me wrong, there are traditional healers and traditional doctors. Traditional healers throw bone and diagnose people. It is usually that someone close to the person has bewitched them or that an ancestor, 100 years ago killed someone from a particular clan, and therefore the sick person is being affected by the avenging spirits.

The traditional doctors heal using herbs. In our environment, where not too many traditional doctors did not pass on their knowledge to their children, who felt that because of the modern medicine, traditional medicines was fast getting out of fashion. These days, one can find a lot of fake traditional doctors trying to steal money from the sick.

Some people rush to churches for prayer. For some reason, they don’t believe in prayers in the traditional churches, and therefore go to the faith churches where the prophets will pray for them and tell them that they have demons and again witchcraft comes into this. At times, there are given water to drink and in the bottle of water, a small stone is thrown in.

Then there are a lot of other New churches who believe in things like anointing oil, or anointing water or anointing whatever…. They give these to the sick and tell them that if they believe, they are healed.

My people still have a lot to learn.

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accad Premium
I believe it's not the water that heals but the unseen powerful one.
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Carson2 Premium
OCD. One person can do wonders. Other doors will.
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Angelica65 Premium
Thank you, indeed Carson
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lesabre Premium
Hi Angelica,

I am sorry you were not able to make it to the OCD conference.

This is an important issue and has to be recognized and understood.

Best wishes,

Michael
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Angelica65 Premium
Will keep at it.
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lesabre Premium
Hi Angelica,

Never give up. You are needed to spread the word.

All the best,

Michael
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jayhey Premium
It takes time for some people to learn the struggles in life and how one copes with it all. But the one thing you can do that can help you is to never give up.

I to have suffered from mental illness. And I have had many challenges in life to today. In life sometimes you feel like the world is against you. like you don't belong.

Never give up. You will find your place and to let you know I'll help you as best I can when you need it just ask.
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Angelica65 Premium
Thank you Jay. I appreciate. I am here for you too. If you need to talk.
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djw5 Premium
Sorry you weren't able to make it to the conference, I know you were looking forward to it. I love learning about different cultures and find them fascinating so I thank you for sharing. I agree that we have much to learn about, and to be accepting of, mental illness of all kinds. Thanks for posting.
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Angelica65 Premium
Thanks for the words of encouragement
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