I found a great book thanks to my older brother called Descriptions and Prescriptions – “A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses & Medications” by Michael R. Emlet. Have a read over at amazon.ca and see for yourself. You’ll find reviews, contents, and introduction to the book.
“Hippocrates’s adage remains true for us today: “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” Both proponents and skeptics of psychiatric classification should agree on one thing: we are wonderfully and distressingly complex creatures. This should humble us and promote dependence on God as we seek to understand and provide help within a biblical framework to those who are especially troubled.”
― Michael R. Emlet, Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications
I found it very insightful and easy enough to follow even for me. I plan on rereading parts of it in the future just so I can memorize it a bit better. I was still on heavy medications when I first read it and I don’t think I absorbed as much as I would have liked. I don’t read as much as I would like to. I currently read one daily devotion that includes encouraging stories, lessons and scripture. It seems to be enough for me for now. Maybe in the future I will pursue deeper study. But I have to be careful that I don’t overwhelm myself. Reflecting on the devotional throughout the day has helped me reconnect with God in a slow but healthy manner.
Do you struggle with your thoughts (sexual, racing, dis-organized)? Do you suffer from delusions or even audible hallucinations? Depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts? Addictions to pornography or video games? I know what it’s like. All I can tell you is that just taking a pill isn’t going to bring you the ultimate support and peace you seek. Faith then relationship with a loving alpha and omega, beginning and end Jesus Christ is the first step needed in overcoming these afflictions. Do you believe me? Just give him an honest chance and he will do the same for you.
Sleep Update: The melatonin finally worked last night. Praise be to God for offering a natural way to get some much needed rest. I just hope and pray that I can come off of it and have my body continue to produce it instead.
Sleep Update 2.0: The melatonin stopped working. I decided to try clonazepam in hopes of finding some relief. So far it’s been hit and miss. I havn’t really been able to determine if it’s helping or not. I’ve been on it since July 5th with my sleep averaging between 2-7 hours.
One of the few medications that I am still taking is known as lorazapam to help with anxiety. I have also found that it helps me to relax and prepare for sleep. Amazingly I don’t think I have experienced any major side effects from this drug. Though I may come off of it in the future if my sleep improves.
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I hope this blog entry has been some help to you. Please leave a comment if the holy spirit leads you to do so or use my contact form to get in touch with me directly. I’ve struggled with mental illness for over 8 years and I think I can offer some good suggestions with whatever you are going through (not a Christian? No worries. I offer my advice to you as well). Also, I am open to criticism and would encourage even the non-believer or those of other faiths to offer his/her opinion. Thanks for taking the time to read this article.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14).