What’s the truth?
Mental illness is a moral failing.
Young and Adamec continue:
Many people think that a person with mental illness is somehow morally flawed. However, the reality is that good people can become mentally ill. Mental illness fundamentally alters the way people think and it can affect people with superior values as well as those who exhibit criminal behaviors. A person with schizophrenia might hear voices that aren't actually there or see images that aren’t really present. And while the behaviors these thoughts cause don't make much sense to an outside observer, they clearly exist to a person with mental illness. It’s also true that, no matter how hard you try, you cannot pray your way out of mental illness, and simple resolutions to “do better” are doomed to fail. Mental illness is located in the brain, and until the underlying symptoms are treated, the symptoms are likely to continue. Of course, spirituality, a supportive community, and prayer can help a person with mental illness gain support and hope, but these choices are rarely sufficient to combat serious mental health issues.