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Category Archives: Medication

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

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

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

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

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BCC Weekend Megaphone Post: Psychology and a Biblical Worldview

The BCC loves to use our “megaphone” to highlight the ministry of leading biblical counseling groups. This weekend we want to make you aware of the upcoming Association of Biblical Counselor’s national conference: Psychology and a Biblical Worldview. Continue reading

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Mood, Medicine, and the Value of Emotions

You’re reading Part Two in a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series. Today in Part Two, Charles Hodges, MD, interacts with a recent New York Times opinion piece written by Dr. Julie Holland (Medicating Women’s Feelings). Continue reading

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Hope Is a Very Good Thing: What Is the Active Ingredient in Antidepressant Medication?

The active ingredient in today’s crop of antidepressant medications appears to be hope. The study was done at the UCLA Medical School and examined whether or not patient attitude toward the treatment made a difference in the outcome. Continue reading

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Mental Disorders, Medicine, and Biblical Counseling

The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), recently released their Statement Regarding Mental Disorders, Medicine, and Counseling. The BCC applauds this compassionate and comprehensive statement. Continue reading

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How Can Christians Tell the Difference Between a Spiritual Issue and a Physical One?

Heath Lambert responds in two ways to the question: How can Christians tell the difference between a spiritual issue and a physical one? Continue reading

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Who Is Saying Medicine Is Unimportant? Part 2

In Part 1, I observed that many believe the biblical counseling movement is against medicine. I tried to demonstrate that there is no evidence that this reputation comes from the leadership of the biblical counseling movement. Every leader in biblical counseling that I know about enthusiastically supports medical care for medical problems. Even more than that, the people I know repeatedly discuss the importance of leaving medical decisions to medical practitioners. If that is true, then where does the reputation of being anti-drug come from? I have four responses. Continue reading

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Who Is Saying Medicine Is Unimportant?

I think any objective evaluation of the biblical counseling movement would point out four big leaders in the development of our model. I think those four leaders are Jay Adams and Wayne Mack (who had an instrumental role in founding the biblical counseling movement) and David Powlison and Ed Welch (who have significantly developed the movement in recent years.) Every person embracing and practicing biblical counseling today has learned about biblical counseling from at least one of these four men. So I looked at the statements about counseling and medical issues from the teaching of these four men. Here is an incredibly brief summary of what I found. Continue reading

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Biblical Counseling and Medicine: Trying to Wear Two Hats Fairly

As a family physician, I am often asked about taking medicine for depression and other disorders. Also, as a biblical counselor, I have been involved in counseling people who struggle with depression and worry for the past 25 years. I counsel them every Monday night, and again I am answering the same kinds of questions about medication. More than anything else, I want to do both roles (family physician and biblical counselor) well and fairly. Continue reading

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