On Personality Disorders, Science and Religion
For many centuries the science did not have answers on many questions that today seem simple to us. The people who suffered from various personality disorders were often considered possessed by demons or they were simply ignored. The poor understanding of the medical condition led to many misunderstandings and caused the suffering of thousands of people. What does religion say about personality disorders today? Do we fully understand them using science? The picture is not as clear as one might imagine.
First of all, what is personality disorder exactly? It is a mental illness that causes abnormal personality traits and behavior. There are many different types of it and the most common ones are Borderline personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, and Schizoid personality disorder. Each of them has distinctive symptoms that include extreme moods, self-harm, paranoid thoughts, narcissistic views, and others. Recent research in the United States shows that 1.6% of the population has borderline personality disorder alone and another 1% other personality disorders. We are talking about millions of people here.
What does religion have to say about it? Us, here at Allelon, we believe that God wants us to be equally healthy. We do not believe that people are born with mental disorders because of our creator. During the development something happens, perhaps it is genetic or because of environmental factors, but what matters is that the people who suffer from illnesses should be helped.