Thank you so much for sharing this perspective. It does appear to be a major materialist assumption in mental health that consciousness is a product of the brain or neurons. I see this assumption at least starting with Freud’s investigation of neurons in the late 1800’s. As late as October 1844 Amariah Brigham a founder of the American Psychiatric Association and editor in 1844 of the American Journal of Insanity of which discussed on p. 99 how the immaterial and immortal mind is, of itself, incapable of disease and decay. To say otherwise, is to advocate the doctrine of the materialists….the truth appears to be, that the brain is the instrument which the mind uses in this life… Another older 1809 book by John Haslam discussed enlarged ventricles in people with madness on p. 158, and later on p. 238 showed clear understanding that appears to have been lost by modern mental health researchers when he wrote It may be a matter, affording much diversity of opinion, whether these morbid appearances of the brain be the cause or the effect of madness. I appreciate you sharing a Christian perspective on madness of which I know very little and some resources to find more information. I would like to read more on the topic. I also would like to hear more on the topic from the perspectives of other traditions as well. I am working on one from a Yoga and Vedanta perspective. Maybe someday A good book will come out with different sections written by different authors to touch on some common alternative explanations to madness such as you give here, from yoga, from a shamanistic perspective, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, and clear scientific explanation from someone outside of the materialistic perspective and viewing consciousness as primary to leave some breadcrumbs out of the forest. Again, thank you for sharing your perspective. To have informed consent we really need to have information about the different choices one can use understand and navigate their extreme states.