OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are not just diagnoses from the DSM, they are part of our vocabulary and culture. As Christians, we can’t afford to isolate ourselves and simply dismiss these categories. Nor can we afford to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise at face value. Instead, we need a balanced, biblically (and scientifically!) informed approach that is neither too warmly embracing nor too coldly dismissive on psychiatric labels and the psychiatric medicines that are often prescribed.
Biblical counselor and physician, Michael R. Emlet, gives readers a helpful way forward on these important issues as he guides lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments in a clear, thoughtful primer on how the Bible speaks and guides us through discussion of psychiatric labels and the medications that are often recommended based on those labels. The first book in the “Helping the Helper” series, will give readers biblical, gospel-formed categories that will help them understand and minister to those who are struggling with mental health issues.