Should a Christian take anti-depressants or other mental health medicines?

 Christian anti-depressants

Question: "Should a Christian take anti-depressants or other mental health medicines?"

Panic attacks, anxiety disorders, phobias, and depression affect millions of people. Panic attacks can be particularly debilitating, as they can strike a person with no warning. For most sufferers, what they experience is rooted in fear: fear of rejections, fear of acceptance, fear of responsibility, fear of the unknown. Something will trigger fear, which drives the person to feel like they are losing control, and feel as if they might die. Panic attacks are often both physically and psychologically intense.

Although medical experts cite that many times the above mentioned ailments originate from within a person's psyche, there are times in which a chemical imbalance is the cause. If this is the case, medication is prescribed to help counter this imbalance, which in turn treats the symptoms of the psychological ailment. Is this a sin? No. God has allowed man to grow in his knowledge of medicine, which God uses in the healing process. Does God need man-made medicine in order to heal? Of course not! God has chosen to allow the practice of medicine progress, and we would be foolish not to avail ourselves of it.

However, I believe that there is a fine line between using medicine for healing purposes and simple-minded reliance upon medicine for daily living. We need to recognize God as the Great Physician, and that He alone holds the power to truly heal (John 4:14). As such, we need to look to God first and foremost for our healing. Medicine used to treat a case of panic attack should only be used to the extent that it allows the sufferer to deal with the root cause of fear. It should be used to give back control to the sufferer. However, many sufferers take medicine in order to avoid dealing with the true cause of their ailment; this would be denying responsibility, denying God's healing, and possibly denying others the freedom of forgiveness or closure to some past event that could be contributing to the ailment. This, then, does become sin.

By taking medicine on a limited basis in order to treat the symptoms, then relying upon the Word of God to enact transformation in one's heart and mind, gradually the need for the medicine will diminish. The believer's position in Christ is affirmed and God is allowed to bring healing into those troubled areas of the heart and mind causing the ailment. God's Word has much to say on fear and its place in a believer's life. Read through the following Scriptures, and allow God's Word to come alive in your heart. These verses give confidence, and illuminate the Truth behind what being a child of God entails: Proverbs 29:25; Matthew 6:34; John 8:32; Romans 8:28-39; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Philippians 4:4-9; Colossians 3:1-2; 2 Timothy 1:6-8; Hebrews 13:5-6; James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 5:7; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 1:9; 4:18-19. Meditate on these.

God can heal supernaturally, miraculously. Pray to that end. God also heals through medicine and doctors. Pray to that end as well. Regardless of which direction God takes, it's our faith that is the catalyst (Matthew 9:22). Believe on Him, and be healed!

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