Why I Wrote Descriptions and Prescriptions

Mike Emlet (CCEF)

Mike Emlet (CCEF)

What do you think when someone you know is diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder? Or has started to take a psychoactive medication? Do you say to yourself, “Finally, he is getting the help he really needs!” Or do you feel skeptical about either the diagnosis or the solution (or both), and wonder if what the person really needs is simply to trust in Jesus more? It doesn’t take too many conversations in the church to realize that there are widely divergent views regarding the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. Continue reading

Germs and Worry: New Research!

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

As a physician in biblical counseling, I am sometimes asked about scientific articles that deal with counseling subjects. Usually the reason I am asked is that the article seems to contradict something the Bible says about the counseling problem. This week the subject was anxiety. The question usually is, if science discovers a cause for anxiety that is medical, how can it be a sin to worry? Continue reading

Goldilocks, Psychiatric Diagnoses, and Psychoactive Medications

What do you think when someone you know is diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder? Or has started to take a psychoactive medication? Do you say to yourself, “Finally, he is getting the help he really needs!” Or do you feel skeptical about either the diagnosis or the solution (or both), and wonder if what the […]

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Goldilocks, Psychiatric Diagnoses, and Psychoactive Medications

What do you think when someone you know is diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder? Or has started to take a psychoactive medication? Do you say to yourself, “Finally, he is getting the help he really needs!” Or do you feel skeptical about either the diagnosis or the solution (or both), and wonder if what the […]

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Medication, Biblical Counseling, & Depression: What’s New in Treatment?

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

It is no secret in medicine that the medications for depression available in the United States today do not work well. Research tells us that between 80% to 90% of those taking these medications gain no more benefit from them than they would from taking a placebo pill that looks like but does not contain the active drug. In yesterday’s blog, we saw that the reason for it is simply that medical science has been working with a theory about the cause and cure of depression that is most likely not valid. So what can we do to help? Continue reading