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    casper
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    I’ve been trying to read up on the intersection of Judaism and mental health. I know that in more religious communities there can sometimes be a stigma against these kinds of issues, and on the flip side there are Jewish mental health forums such as (Link removed) designed to support this community, so what I’m wondering is if there is any input from the Torah, Talmud, or rabbinic commentaries on mental health. I realize that it’s really only become something we talk about in the last twenty years or so, so its a bit of a longshot that any of these ancient texts would have any insight, but I was wondering what you guys think

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    Joseph
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    Did you learn the Rambam?

    #1664531

    joe
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    Mental health is a very broad subject, what specifically where you looking for ?

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    anonymous Jew
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    Unfortunately, too many families have let mental issues go untreated and unacknowledged because they were worried it would ruin the shidduch opportunities of their other children

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    👑RebYidd23
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    The potential for abuse in the mental healthcare system is ignored entirely.

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    thinker333
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    What is the link the the forum or name of the forum

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    The little I know
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    AJ:

    You wrote: “Unfortunately, too many families have let mental issues go untreated and unacknowledged because they were worried it would ruin the shidduch opportunities of their other children”

    You are certainly correct about that. What these families forget is that a psychiatric illness can be better covered up and kept secret if it is treated and there is absence of symptoms. Otherwise, one can safely say that there is no history of psychiatric illness, but the candidate is nuts. That actually reduces chance for a successful shidduch.

    Having noted this, withholding such information to facilitate a shidduch is, in my opinion, criminal behavior. I believe the Chofetz Chaim spoke about this, and that withholding such information is wrong. I leave it for others to quote the citation from the CC.

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    👑RebYidd23
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    People have also kept (or tried to keep) heart conditions, deafness, Down’s Syndrome, diabetes, and limps secret so that it wouldn’t affect sibling’s shidduchim.

    Keeping information secret in shidduchim is a serious issue, as it can result in a mekach taos.

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    Joseph
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    Not every secret causes a shidduch to fall into the halachic category of mekach taos. In fact, most don’t.

    #1667522

    DovidBT
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    … and I see [the judgement of] G-d from my flesh.
    Iyov 19:26

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    👑RebYidd23
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    Joseph, the serious ones do.

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