Monday, November 6, 2017

Descriptions and Prescriptions by Michael Emlet


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 Prescriptions will give readers a biblical, gospel-formed perspective to help them understand and minister to those struggling with mental health issues.
My opinion: I was eager to read this book as it is written by a MD who is a Christian so it was a great book that balanced biblical and scientific approaches to form a very insightful and thoughtful book. Too often these kind of issues get swept under the rug, but Mr. Emlet takes this tough issue head on and does so in a very thoughtful and engaging manner that really gets one thinking. I like how there is a good amount of information without being too overwhelming.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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