Friday, November 3, 2017

A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications

Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications (New Growth Press, October 2017)
OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are no longer just technical terms and medical diagnoses, they are part of our common vocabulary and culture.
As Christians, we shouldn’t isolate ourselves from this discussion or dismiss these important issues. But we also should be careful not to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise without question. What we need is a balanced, biblically (and scientifically) informed approach that neither blindly accepts nor harshly dismisses psychiatric labels, diagnoses, and medicines that are prescribed to help those who are suffering.
As both a Biblical counselor and medical doctor, Michael R. Emlet, MD, gives readers a Christ-centered approach to psychiatry and guides both lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments with a biblical lens. In a clear and thoughtful way that puts the person experiencing mental health issues at the forefront, Emlet uses Scripture to show how the Bible engages in the discussion of psychiatric labels and the medications that are often recommended based on those labels. The first book in the “Helping the Helper” series, Descriptions and Prescriptionswill give readers a biblical, gospel-formed perspective to help them understand and minister to those struggling with mental health issues.
My Thoughts:
As a social worker, I really enjoyed this book. I found this book to be very helpful. I felt that Michael was saying this isn't an either or situation. Mental health isn't just a medical situation, but isn't without healing either. I felt like he was really addressing the issue of mental health in the Christian community and really taking a stand that Christians need to help out their brothers and sisters in a time of need. I felt this book was articulate and thoughtful in presentation. i think he did a great job with presenting both sides of the argument and really allowing the reader to make the decision for their selves. I give this book a 4/5 stars. I really connected with this book and will put it on the shelf to use for future practice.
About the Author:
Michael R. Emlet, MDiv, MD, practiced as a family physician for over ten years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is the author of the book "CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet," the minibooks "Asperger Syndrome;" "Chronic Pain;" "Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control;" and "Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges with Understanding and Strength," and many counseling articles.

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