Book Review of Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications by Mike Emlet

Nate Brooks

Nate Brooks

Most biblical counselors come from a background of theological training. This is good, as theology and biblical application are the foundation of wise biblical counsel. But that relative uniformity of training makes those who are experts in other fields who also share a biblical vision for counseling doubly valuable. Mike Emlet’s new book, Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications exhibits the kind of wisdom that enhances our knowledge of medical matters and raises the quality of our care for others. Continue reading

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

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

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

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

A good deal of new research has been published this year that is really interesting to anyone involved in medicine and biblical counseling. Some of it takes commonly held ideas about the cause and treatment of depression and turns them upside down . Other articles give some encouragement about the role of biblical counseling in helping those who struggle with sadness and depression. Let’s start with serotonin. Continue reading

The Centrality of Hope in Counseling Biblically

Joshua Waulk

Joshua Waulk

In my years of work as both a police officer, and now a biblical counselor, I have found that one common thread running through most, if not all interactions with people seeking help is their desire for hope. Whatever circumstance they face, they seek the assurance that things can change for the better. Continue reading