Some difficulties are so intense they traumatize us and impair our mental, emotional, and social health.
There is no shame in this.
Just as sin made our skin susceptible to the damage caused by too much sun, it made our neural system vulnerable to the damage caused by too much stress.
Traumatic stress may require us to go through an extensive healing process before our mental, emotional, and social health can be fully restored.
This restoration may require outside assistance, ranging from pastoral care and support groups to professional counseling and prescription drugs.
We should not be apprehensive about taking advantage of these resources. God has provided them for our benefit. They are part of his aid package.
The restoration of our mental, emotional, and social health may be an ongoing process until we enter heaven.