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

Descriptions and Prescriptions A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications OCD ADHD PTSD Bipolar Disorder these are not just diagnoses from the DSM they are part of our everyday vocabulary and understanding of people As Christians how should we think about psychiatric di

  • Title: Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications
  • Author: Michael R. Emlet
  • ISBN: 9781945270116
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder these are not just diagnoses from the DSM they are part of our everyday vocabulary and understanding of people As Christians, how should we think about psychiatric diagnoses and their associated treatments We can t afford to isolate ourselves and simply dismiss these categories as unbiblical Nor can we afford to accept the entireOCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder these are not just diagnoses from the DSM they are part of our everyday vocabulary and understanding of people As Christians, how should we think about psychiatric diagnoses and their associated treatments We can t afford to isolate ourselves and simply dismiss these categories as unbiblical Nor can we afford to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise at face value as though Scripture is irrelevant for these complex struggles Instead, we need a balanced, biblically and scientifically informed approach that is neither too warmly embracing nor too coldly dismissive of psychiatric labels and the psychiatric medications that are often prescribed Biblical counselor and retired physician, Michael R Emlet, gives readers a helpful way forward on these important issues as he guides lay and professional helpers in the church through the thicket of mental health diagnoses and treatments in a clear, thoughtful primer in which the Bible informs our understanding of psychiatric diagnoses and the medications that are often recommended based on those labels This 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.

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    1. 4.5 starsDescriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications by Michael R. Emlet wasn't exactly what I was expecting - especially not in the first quarter or so of the book. But it had good information to impart, and I feel like I've learned a lot. I received some things to ponder, and now have an overall more balanced view of medications and how to help those dealing with mental struggles.For a long time, I've wanted to know more about the struggles o [...]

    2. I was initially hesitant to read and review this book. I am both a Christian and someone who has multiple mental illnesses. I wasn't sure which way this was going to go, as some Christian's opinions about mental illness are not particularly helpful for those who suffer from those illnesses. This book is broken down into two sections; Understanding Psychiatric Diagnoses and Understanding Psychoactive Medications. Then the sections are further broken down into smaller chapters. The first sections [...]

    3. Before I go further with the review, I need to make clear that this is a book written primarily for people involved in ministry – breaking down info and applying wisdom to the situations they would find themselves in. It’s not meant as a patient reference or really even for someone whose loved ones suffer from mental illness of some sort.There are several things I really liked about Emlet’s approach. While he remains mostly neutral, he achieves a great balance between advocating for the ap [...]

    4. As Christians we often view mental illness incorrectly and either dismiss medicine completely, or forget the faith that plays such an integral part in our lives. Some people feel that taking medications for a mental illness is of the devil, while others take or advise taking the medicine blindly without any regard as to the side effects, reasons for needing the drugs, etc. The author has taken a Biblical approach to show both the benefits and downsides of both approaches. His desire in writing t [...]

    5. By far the best book I've read regarding a Biblical view of psychiatry and its practice.This book is aimed toward pastors and other Christians involved in abundant counseling ministry; but really any Christian could benefit from it. He seems uniquely qualified to write it (having both an M.D. and an M.Div); and the church can benefit greatly from that.While he rightly doesn't support the use of drugs for something that is a legitimate sin issue, he certainly shows that there truly are issues tha [...]

    6. Michael R. Emlet draws on his years of experience both as a family physician and counselor to present a tool for people in ministry everywhere. Whether you are a pastor, church leader, or lay person interested in learning more about psychiatric diagnoses and the uses of medication, you will enjoy Emlet's balanced and Biblical perspective on this difficult topic.In the first half of the book, Emlet discusses the what the DSM is, how it has changed over the years, and what a diagnosis may or may n [...]

    7. A very insightful book that I think can and should be a resource for believers, so as to understand the psychiatric world and the perpetual labeling of problems that people have with living life in a broken, sin-cursed world. Although the author is a little more favorable of the medical model than I am, I think he gives a fair treatment of what is the problems with the medical model for counseling issues. He also provides helpful insight into an answer for peoples' problems, showing how God and [...]

    8. This won’t be a long review since this is a short book. If you are a pastor or church counselor, this book would be a great addition to your shelves or office. It’s a book that is filled with great information for those seeking help with their mental illnesses. It’s filled with Biblical sections and will help them better understand ways to help. The pages within give you a better understanding of the illnesses and what psych meds are used to help them. Since I am not a pastor or a church [...]

    9. Before I begin my review, it is important to mention that Descriptions and Prescriptions by Michael R. Emlet is geared towards pastors and those who work in the mental health field. It is not written for patients with a diagnosis seeking answers.Now I can begin my review. I originally picked this up because this is a huge topic amongst Christian counselors. Or at least it was the Christian college I attended and received my counseling degree. The main reason that I was able to understand what th [...]

    10. Balanced, compassionate, and wise. And all that in less than 100 pages, succinctly compiling so much of CCEF's way of doing ministry. Highly recommended.

    11. A simple, clear, balanced wise and brief overview of the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Thus far, the best overview on the subject I’ve encountered from a Christian perspective and the book I’d give to anyone seeking insight on the topic.

    12. This book addresses a controversial topic among Christians - the use of medications for treatment of various mental ailments. The author does an excellent job of balancing this topic in a Biblical manner, also showing that it's not always a cut-and-dried response. There is not a once-size-fits-all answer for this challenging area of medications. The first section of the book deals with the history of psychiatry and development of various mental illnesses as seen in the Diagnostic Manuals and the [...]

    13. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.I studied psychology in college. I didn't expect this book to be anything new to me, but I wanted to read it to see how the concept was presented to pastors and other church leaders in helping those who are mentally ill. Mental illness is a real -- it's not something we can say to them everything would be fine if they just pray more -- in fact instead of helping, that can be harmful in discouraging the truly sick to avo [...]

    14. Descriptions and Prescriptions is the latest book from doctor and Biblical counselor, Michael R. Emlet. This book is unique in that author has a background in medicine yet is also a Christian who affirms the sufficiency of Scripture. In college, my major was psychology and I once had someone ask me how I could be a psychology major and a Christian. At the time, I didn’t understand how the two might conflict and was confused and a little hurt by the question. After being introduced to the Bibli [...]

    15. Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications is a resource for Christians written by Dr. Michael Emlet. It's written primarily for pastors, Christian counselors, small group leaders, and ministry facilitators, but I believe any Christian can benefit from reading this. We all have a sphere of influence within our friends, families, and churches, and undoubtedly, we all know at least one person who struggles with mental illness. Dr. Emlet was a fa [...]

    16. Descriptions and Prescriptions is a short book building a biblical framework to understand psychiatric diagnoses and the use of psychoactive medications using scripture as the groundwork to build upon. The book is set up with two parts. In Part 1, the author presents a balanced assessment of psychiatric diagnosis. In Part 2, he uses case studies for illustration. The book lists several concerns with the psychiatric diagnostic system. One being:some psychiatric diagnoses “medicalize” sinful b [...]

    17. At first I wasn’t going to read this book because it is geared toward pastors and Christian counseling. My curiosity got the best of me and I decided I wanted to see how the author stood on this issue. I was pleasantly surprised to see how he balanced what the worlds view and the Christian view is. This is a very tough topic for many to talk about, but is much needed as many suffer from mental disabilities. There was a time when someone was diagnosed with a mental illness and it seemed like pe [...]

    18. In today's society, many people (including those in the Body of Christ) seem to be struggling with mental health problems such as Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and the list goes on. There are different opinions about psychiatric diagnoses and treatments, even among Christians. Some rely too heavily upon psychiatric labels and medicines while others totally disregard them. Neither of these extreme positions are helpful. Descriptions and Prescriptions offers a Biblical pe [...]

    19. Previously posted on. The Young Girl Who Loved BooksThis is such a powerful little book. When I first read that this was going to be a biblical view of psychiatry, I would be lying if I wasn't a little nervous about it. I have to say that this is the best book I have read regarding psychiatry and it's practice from a biblical perspective. With that said this book is geared toward people in the counseling ministry, perhaps pastors or Christian therapists. I am neither but I am a psych student cur [...]

    20. Descriptions and Prescriptions : A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnosis and Medications by Michael R. Emlet is one of the most practical books I have read thus far in 2017. A small book just over 100 pages yet in this book Emlet takes a counselor, trained or not, through the important and trying task of understanding psychiatric no cheese and psychoactive medications. I myself am not a government licensed counselor but I do my fair share of biblical counseling inside the church. This bo [...]

    21. Michael Emlet's Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses & Medications to assess the benefits and limitations of psychiatric diagnoses and medications. Emlet breaks these two concepts down into different parts of the book, attempting to give concise but substantive introductions and explorations of each. So, part one gives ten chapters on "Understanding Psychiatric Diagnoses". Here, Emlet gives a brief survey of the history of psychiatric diagnoses, an [...]

    22. It's not sinful or an indication of a lack of faith if someone uses psychiatric medications. I agree with Michael Emlet that their use is a wisdom issue, with a mixture of pros and cons. However, I think he is trying too hard to be "neutral" about their use. There are serious adverse effects with antipsychotics, antidepressants, ADHD stimulants, and others. For example, the ineffectiveness of antidepressants when compared to placebo is well established, especially in the research of Irving Kirsc [...]

    23. This is a very good and useful book, an introduction into the mysterious world of mental illness, its diagnosis and "cure". I am persuaded that our medical profession more often treats symptoms with prescription drugs and spends little time searching for root causes in order to prescribe more holistic solutions. Obviously, there are situations where medications are necessary and helpful. However, I wonder how much of our "health crisis" is caused by diet and lifestyle choices, with people thinki [...]

    24. I appreciate Emlet helping us understand the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. I know some Christians embrace medical solutions while others spurn them claiming the illness is totally spiritual in nature. This book helped me understand a sort of middle ground, taking seriously psychiatric diagnoses but also understanding their limitations.He covers the problems of such diagnoses, a bit of history, the problem of over diagnosis (such as redefining some behavior the Bible calls sin), and [...]

    25. This has been a bit different for me because as I continue my education in psychology and learning how to help/counsel people on a smaller scale, I am also a Christian and believe having a deeper understanding of psychology (a subject I have always been fascinated with and loved)is helpful and beneficial. I was eager to read this due to my educational and professional side but hesitant to see what I was going to read due to what others have told me about psychology and religion not mixing cohesi [...]

    26. This book was very unique writing and compelling to read with also navigate pointers to help in resolving some of the tension felt between the practice of psychiatric labeling and biblical counseling the struggles of the human brain and soul, while neither dismissing labeling completely nor fully embracing hook, line, and sinker, everything taught in modern psychiatry. This book had giving us to understand more of human psychological suffering from a gospel centered perspective. Drawing on his p [...]

    27. Emlet's book is a good introduction to the basic issues. Very balanced approach to psychiatric Diagnosis and medications. It is very short so you don't get much depth. It's strength is that it looks at the big picture and demonstrates the difficulties and imprecision of many diagnosis and medications. It takes wisdom to evaluate each situation and is not an exact science. There are often physical AND spiritual things at play. Both often need to be addressed. The only weakness of the book is that [...]

    28. 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 [...]

    29. As a Christian woman with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and who maintains an interest in biblical counseling, I thoroughly enjoyed this concise read. Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses & Medications is fabulously focused and concretely concentrated on the issue at hand. I found it helpful to formally consider the strengths and limitations of the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) from a biblical perspective. I espe [...]

    30. 'Descriptions and Prescriptions' by Michael R. Emlet is a foundational resource for helpers in the church who desire to care for those they love. Whether you are a pastor, counselor, or lay leader, this book will begin to help you think through these categories of psychiatric diagnoses and medications through a biblical lens. You may not concur on all of Dr. Emlet’s conclusions but this concise book will challenge you to think through them and to join in this much-needed conversation in biblic [...]

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