Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Powlison on the use of Psychiatric Drugs

David Powlison is a gifted biblical counselor with CCEF who recently wrote "Seeing with New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition through the Lens of Scripture". We, the pastors of Redeemer, have benefited greatly from his various works. His teaching on pastoral/biblical counseling is worthy of any pastors consideration.

One of the more controversial subjects when counseling people in the church is the use of psychiatric drugs. The number of people on such drugs is really staggering. It has come to the point where a person could visit his or her doctor, complain about feeling depressed and walk out with a prescription for an anti-depressant. So how should such powerful medications be viewed? When we counsel at Redeemer we don't tell people to stop taking the medications that have been prescribed, we do hope to help the person get to the root of the issue that plagues them however.

Powlison has some helpful comments in this brief clip:


Woody Woodward said...

A WISE MAN INDEED! I would to the Lord I could share this man’s wisdom with my wayward daughter. It would only offend her and she would think it was narrow minded uneducated thinking. I pray unceasingly for her. She is searching for truth, but not in the Lord.


That's good stuff!

I've been doing some research:

In 2007 the Archives of General Psychiatry estimated that 10% of Americans (Approximately 27 million people) are on antidepressants.

But there's more:

Electro-Shock Therapy

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is currently used to treat severe major depression, mania, bi-polar disorder and catatonia. Modern psychiatric treatment generally induces electrical convulsion under sedation these days. It is estimated that over a million people receive ECT treatments each year.

It's a vast epidemic!