It’s that time again to have some questions answered from a man’s point of view. The topic for the Men’s Meme at Families Again this week is a hot topic for some, so let’s see how Tom feels about this issue. His comments will be in BLUE:
What do you think about medications for ADHD, depression and other types like them? Are they over-prescribed? Do you think that we should be totally reliant on God and not use such things?
This is actually a very common dilemma faced in treating ADHD, depression and other types of physical illnesses of any age. As with all such medical and psychological treatment choices, it is best put to the research method in determining the best approach. This method is fundamental in the diagnostic and treatment process.
First, have you petitioned God for help relieving this malady? Have you felt impressed to:
(a) rely on faith in the matter,
(b) seek medical/psychiatric intervention or help, or
(c) take some other course of remedial action?
In each, what have been the outcomes?Lacking clinical experience, this might be the approach you or someone else would take to search out an answer. And that is by definition the nature of the scientific method: experiment, observe, draw conclusions.
While God is characterized as The Great Physician and Healer, and can provide divine intervention, He does not operate a pharmacy. Antidepressants, stimulants, and psychotropics are the first line of treatment for the conditions set forth in the question. If your prayers and spiritual remedies have been effective, fine. Continue with that course of treatment. If not, begin a pharmaceutical regimen. This may require some trial and error to arrive at the correct medication(s) and/or dose. There are many from which to choose. Be patient and prayerful in this endeavor as well.
Obviously, I know that depression is a major issue and many people including some in my extended family suffer from this condition. With the recommended medication(s), I know that these people can function normally and their depression is not excessive. By excessive I mean that they no longer feel like committing suicide.
Chemical depression is very different than situational depression. Chemical depression afflicts the individual all the time during all of life’s circumstances, and usually remains a problem their entire life. In this instance, medication helps “fix” the chemical imbalance within the brain. Situational depression is just like it sounds – due to a particular unhappy or stress-filled situation. This type of depression usually goes away when the unhappy or stress-filled situation is over, but some people may still need proper medication in order to cope with the stress (i.e. death, divorce, cheating spouse, loss of employment, etc.).
With that said, I think that using the knowledge and treatment measures from new medical discoveries is a blessing of living in this era. I also believe that God wants us to use our intelligence and wisdom when we make choices. If we are not afflicted with medical problems and go to the doctor just to receive drugs, then that is wrong. If, however, we need help with any medical condition, going to the doctor and receiving treatment (medication included) is a privilege many people in other countries are not able to enjoy.
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