I guess I’m looking for a bit of a debate. But at this point I’m not grinding an axe so much as trying to get where folks are coming from.
The things that’s on my mind is psychiatric medications.
It seems like particularly in Christian circles, there’s this distrust or disbelief in them. I disagree that in principle psychiatric medications are a bad idea. I agree that the way we implement them is problematic and that their use is much more of an art than a science. But the way we implement them is really an indictiment of the way we do health care as a whole. And the fact that they are more of an art than a science is equally true of lots of things in the medical field.
So here are my questions:
#1) How do you feel about the idea of psychiatric medications in principle?
#2) How do you feel about them in practice?
#3) Do you agree that behavior, mood, feeling, and perceptions have atleast part of a root in the brain (as opposed to the mind)… In other words, do you agree that our thoughts are atleast partly rooted in the body?
#4) Should we pray more for certain types of healing than other types? For example, why do people pray that God will take Bipolar disorder or Cancer from them but not pray that God would take away their need to wear glasses?
I realize that these questions might sound argumentative, but at this point, I’m just trying to get where the other side is coming from.