These forums are barely active anymore except for the "show" section. But I'm still hoping this generates a decent dialogue. But if not, at least i vented and got my feelings out becuz I been aggravated about something for a while now, and just finally decided to post about it. One thing that really irritates me about some "new age" spirituality is how they , generally speaking, handle mental illness and addiction . I never hear someone say "well he had COPD, so when he died, his soul now gets out of breath easy." That sounds utterly ridiculous right? So would this: "she was in a wheelchair her entire life, so her soul is gonna have trouble learning to move around freely in the spirit world." That would be equally ridiculous, would it not? Then why does mental illness and addiction get looked at differently . It's almost 2019. I have worked in the behavioral health field a long time . Addiction, mental illness, etc. is brain "stuff." Just like diabetes and arthritis and a broken arm are "body stuff", so too is "brain stuff" cuz it's the brain, which is an organ and part of the body. So why do I often hear how those who pass over and who suffered addiction or mental illness r still suffering in the afterlife? A drunk who attaches himself to a living person who is an alcoholic to get his fix. A person who is deeply depressed ends their life and suffers in some sort of earth bound state . Should we say that about those who suffer other ailments while alive? Then why the difference with mental health issues. It pisses me off and is not fair to those suffering. Have u ever had a family member end their life? Ever had a loved one addicted to something? Comforting to think they r still suffering in the afterlife isn't it becuz of a mental (and therefore) physical disorder . No... when we die, our addictions, our depressions or anxieties etc shall be gone.. just like paralysis, just like cancer, etc. cuz it's a body thing . A physical thing. Stop separating one type of illness from another . U have no idea the pain ur causing by stating such ignorant bs. And by "u", I mean those who believe that crap. End of rant.