The Gospel & Mental Illness Pt. 4

Imagine with me for a moment that for the past few months you have been struggling with sleep. It seems to be inconsistent, sometimes you just want to sleep all the time. Other times you seem to barely get any sleep. Additionally, you feel like you lack the motivation to do anything. You don’t have energy to go out with people, and yet you hate sitting home alone doing nothing. Your appetite feels off and you aren’t very hungry. You’ve been losing weight as a result. You feel a degree of sadness but for no particular reason that you can pinpoint. Your life is NOT enjoyable whatever it is. You feel a measure of guilt for all of this at times and in general don’t feel like you’re going anywhere in life.

Someone tells you to make an appointment with your primary care provided, a medical doctor, and you take them up on it. After a series of questions from the doctor, they recommend you to a Psychiatrist for treatment since you are showing signs of depression (or they may even issue you the prescription without seeing the psychiatrist). Either way you leave with a prescription for Zoloft or Lexapro in hopes of treating this illness.

What might that practitioner be thinking as you spoke with them or after you left?

Here’s an excerpt of one psychiatrist’s very honest and surprising admission: “…despite my training at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, I have no idea how Lexapro works to relieve depression, nor does any other psychiatrist…the term “chemical imbalance” is commonly used by laypeople as a shorthand explanation for mental illness.  It is a convenient myth because it destigmatizes their condition…Psychiatrists go along with his shorthand, because it gives us something to say when patients ask us questions about pathophysiology.  After all, no doctor wants to admit ignorance about the very problems he or she is trained to manage.” 

In the first 3 parts of this series, we saw some shocking admissions from leading practitioners in the industry of psychology and psychiatry. Truly, the term “mental illness” may not be as clear as we think nor are the treatments for it backed by genuine hard science, as much as many would like it to be and give the impression that it is.

In this last part of this mini-series, you will find the rest of the statement above from psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Carlat, with additional surprising details. Check it out:

The Spiritual Nature Of Mental Illness

At the end, you will be challenged to consider that there is truly only 1 Person who can offer rest for a troubled soul, and there’s 1 Person who knows the unknown. We’d love to introduce you to Him and help you to see the treasure trove of wisdom, knowledge, and hope that the Scriptures alone can offer. Reach out to us at the Biblical Counseling Center of Maui for more information.

The Gospel & Mental Illness Pt. 3

The Gospel & Mental Illness Pt. 3

1 in 5 adults in the U.S. live with a mental illness according to The National Institute Of Mental Health (NIMH). But what exactly does it mean to be diagnosed with a "mental illness?” What does treatment for a mental illness aim to bring about? What is defined as “relief?”

In part 3 of this series you will find a shocking admission from Dr. Allen Frances, the chairman of the The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV). This is essentially the Psychiatrist/Psychologists primary tool for diagnosing mental illness.

You will find that an inability to consistently and accurately diagnose a problem and it’s root cause will lead to ineffective or even harmful forms of treatment. The Scriptures offer a different reference point for our problems and an effectual treatment. Check out part 3 below:

The Spiritual Nature Of Mental Illness

Have you suffered under inconsistent diagnosis and ineffective treatment? There is hope and a Wonderful Counselor (Isa. 9:6) who provides superior care even amidst trials and difficulty. We’d love to speak with you. Make an appointment today through our website below:

The Gospel & Mental Illness Pt. 2

“Mental Illness” is on the rise according to various reports. It is so common that our culture now tends to speak in terms of “mental health.” This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, we must ask the question, what is the root of the problem? And does psychiatry and psychology accurately account for the complexity of humanity? Most have been told that it does and simply accept it at face value. These are questions and conversations this series aims to address.

In part 1, Dr. Heath Lambert explored how “psychiatry doesn’t provide the clarity of diagnosis and treatment we expect from many other scientific disciplines.” This will be teased out more in part 3 and part 4 in astonishing fashion.

In part 2 Dr. Heath Lambert examines how our culture tends to “adopt the prevailing secular understanding that extreme problems are biological problems.” He goes to show how the Scriptures holistically account for all the problems we face, including the extreme ones. Check out part 2 in this important series:

The Spiritual Nature Of Mental Illness

We will return next week with part 3 & 4.

If you are reading this and facing a difficult season of life, we’d love to speak with you. Check out our website to make an appointment at the Biblical Counseling Center of Maui.

The Gospel & Mental Illness

The Gospel & Mental Illness

At the Biblical Counseling Center Of Maui, we are committed to offering skilled Biblical care and counseling for a range of problems that people face. We also believe that God has given us, in His Word, everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Often when considering where to seek help and counseling, people wonder what possible help and hope can we give to those who are diagnosed with a mental illness. Isn’t that what the psychologist is for?

In 4 articles, Heath Lambert, the former executive director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) discusses the spiritual nature of mental illness. In this series, you, the reader, will find some very shocking admissions from the chairman of the DSM-IV (essentially the bible for mental health practitioners) and others in the field. Additionally, you’ll find the unique and superior hope and help the Word of God has for the care of the soul. Here’s part 1. Check it out:

Part 1: The Spiritual Nature Of Mental Illness by Heath Lambert

What is Biblical Counseling?

What is biblical counseling?

As I was reading If I’m A Christian, Why Am I Depressed?, I stumbled upon a quote that defines biblical counseling quite well. Robert Somerville says, “Biblical counseling is just discipleship centered on an issue that needs addressing.” When I say discipleship, I am simply describing the process of coming alongside someone as a fellow follower of Jesus Christ with the purpose of growing in Christlikeness.

When someone comes in for counseling, my goal is to ask questions, to listen, and to understand what my counselee is going through. Then I must evaluate how I can compassionately bring specific truths from God's word to bear in the midst of their particular situation.

2 Peter 1:3-4 says, "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire."

The word of God is sufficient to bring real power and help in dealing with all of life's problems in a way that glorifies him. No matter what you are facing, God's word provides wisdom and instruction in how we are to respond as his children.

How is God's word sufficient? The Bible is God's self-revelation that helps us to lift our eyes to his glorious perfections so that we can rightly view and relate to him in the midst of any circumstance. God's word helps us to understand the nature of man as having been created in the image of God to glorify Him but now fallen and born into sin. Our only hope is in Christ redeeming us from our sins--through his life, death, and resurrection--and the Spirit giving us new life through repentance and faith in Christ. Once this occurs, we are no longer slaves to sin and, by the the grace of God, will continue to grow into the image and likeness of Christ--in seasons of sorrow and suffering, in anxiety and depression, anger, conflict, addictions, and the like. The Word of God rightly understood and applied to our hearts by the Spirit of God brings the hope and change we long for.

This is why the Biblical Counseling Center of Maui exists. We labor to point believers to the hope-filled, authoritative, and transformative truths that God has laid out in his word. So if you or anyone you know is going through a significant season of suffering or you feel like you are going in circles or stuck in your fight against sin, reach out to the BCCM and schedule an appointment today at