Certain medical conditions can cause mental issues, and sometimes that condition has an easy fix. In the work I do now, I am frequently learning of the horrible impact a seemingly simple urinary tract infection can have on the elderly. A UTI can cause agitation and confusion; hallucinations; delusions; and paranoia. It is amazing.
We are living in a world (or perhaps we have always lived in this kind of word, but 24/7 media coverage makes us think it is a new thing) where mental illness is being ignored all too often. If you see the signs, do something about it … in the young and the old.
That is certainly part of my take-away: God has given us the knowledge and the abilities to deal with mental illness, and we need to be attentive to that. Jesus cast out demons, but he didn’t destroy them. Scholars question that, but many say it was simply to prove the point that the demons continued to tempt the people. They continue to tempt us today.