Descriptions and Prescriptions by Michael Emlet

Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and MedicationsDescriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications by Michael R. Emlet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 their continual updating through the years. The second section then deals with medications – what they are and what they are prescribed for, as well as not knowing completely how they work. I found his approach balanced and Biblical.
For those who may be on one side of the issue or the other, this book presents a balanced response and a “middle-of-the-road” approach to the difficult decisions involved with deciding whether or not medication is needed in the lives of those struggling. I recommend those who come across this issue to read this book for help.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher New Growth Press in exchange for my review.

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