Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications

Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications

by Michael R. Emlet
Genres: health

Emlet pin1Being a mom with anxiety, I often wonder if I need some help other than just reading my Bible. While taking Inositol does help, I still wonder about those who choose to take prescription drugs for their anxiety and/or depression. I don’t quite understand how much of this is affected by spiritual influences (or lack of) and by physical ailments or chemical imbalances.

That’s why I chose to read the complimentary copy of the book below. The author shares the same concern; where do we draw the line or is there a middle ground. It also addresses the lacking areas in the medical area as far as diagnosis.

While the terminology was described along the way, I still found it hard to read. I had to slow down and think about what each term meant before proceeding. It is a pretty thin book, so the slower reading didn’t cause too much of a hardship.

I do recommend the book for the content itself despite this one hangup. I think a second read through might be more insightful, as I will be more familiar with the terms being used.




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Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications
Michael R. Emlet
New Growth Press
About the Book
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 Prescriptions will give readers a biblical, gospel-formed perspective to help them understand and minister to those struggling with mental health issues.
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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