Christopher Patrick Nelson, U.S. citizens of Irish descent, converted to Islam when he was 26 years old. Previously, the man who embraced the Christian religion was never studied a variety of beliefs ranging from Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, for curing her.
Until finally he found Islam and decided to become a Muslim. He acknowledged the Prophet Muhammad as a model of a comprehensive spiritual life, and Islam has saved him from “mental illness” he suffered and made her find a lost soul.
Since childhood, Christopher Patrick Nelson, already has a behavioral and emotional instability. At the age of 14, he had been treated on the ward for patients with psychiatric disorders, due to uncontrolled behavior. Until adulthood, Nelson often experience depression, have no desire to do anything, wanted to sleep on, and the worst feeling wanted to die. Nelson several times attempted suicide by slicing wrists ladder.
First, she was diagnosed with “paranoid-schizophrenia”, a term in the field of psychiatry when the experts could not determine with certainty the problems suffered by patients. Then, he declared to have a temperament “Bipolar”, double mannerism to the extreme, conflicting. Since then, Nelson struggled through his life that sometimes experiencing extreme mood swings.
People in the neighborhood Nelson often blames himself for his behavior that is not mature, because they do not understand the psychological problems they experienced. This complicates the Nelson in getting jobs and foster relationships with each other. He has worked less than a week at a pizza restaurant. Nelson was fired because of behavior that are less polite to customers.
“Depression is like hell. Rasa is slipped inside of me silently as ghosts. I remember, I was staring into an object, such as a coffee table, all of a sudden I would feel confusion and feel life is meaningless,” said Nelson.
To heal yourself, Nelson following the treatment which he called Western-style medicine, like meditation and therapy for people with psychiatric disorders, at a clinic in San Jose. But he felt, that kind of treatment to help her just a moment, not cure it.
Until finally, he found Islam to the “disease” her, right in front of a place of treatment of psychiatric disorders. “I always felt, at the bottom of my heart, that my disease relates to something in my soul – medication and therapy – therefore, can never heal,” said Nelson.
By embracing Islam, he studied the teachings of Islam which he said taught him to cleanse the soul from various liver diseases. “Islam gives me a sense of responsibility to yourself,” he said.
“I feel, read a specific prayer to God is very helpful, to protect myself from distractions that could plunge my demons. The attitude of discipline and prayer helps me to control my emotions and unstable …”
“When anxiety and depression that hit, I was surrounded by dozens of police, who threw me and berate me. I was praying, listening to and believing the words that I say in my prayers. Instantly my spirit calmed down and feel the peace, “continued Nelson.
He acknowledged, for peace of soul, was not just prayer but also influenced by what he ate and with whom a person to gather. According to Nelson, together with other brothers and sisters at the mosque, many helped to soothe the soul.
“Having a psychiatric disorder is a lifelong struggle. But after converting to Islam, I felt I was finally able to control myself. Islam teaches me to purify my heart and soul,” said Nelson.