A few days ago I saw blog post worth mentioning and posting a link to here. Carlos Whittaker, posted about his struggle and treatment of an anxiety disorder that includes a generic form of the drug known as Paxil. The courage to post this can not be told in words, but many of us in the Christian community are very happy that someone like Carlos is willing to talk about this and help educate people to the medical realities and need of psychiatric care… especially since so many people in protestant evangelical churches shun those who would seek this kind of help.
The problem is that many people seek help from counselors and doctors who have studied and become experts in the conditions in which they suffer and get no support from people in their own church. In the last 15 years, I have met many people who suffer the long-term side effects of an earlier life of drug and alcohol abuse while others suffer from the psychological damage that comes with childhood sexual abuse. Of all the people who I have known, my heart has been broken for those who were born with inherited mental chemical imbalance conditions that allowed them normal and healthy childhoods, but manifested as bi-polar disorders and schizophrenia during teenage and young adult years.
My compassion does go out to all who struggle with these since in my small struggle with ADD, I have been able to learn certain disciplines and coping mechanisms to live and work while many people have no choice but to seek medical advice and must use medication as a part of treatment for conditions much more severe than my mind can imagine.
While legitimate medical doctors and universities have published sound research for more that 60 years and many in this field have helped thousands, many people in church, especially pastors will refer to some mythical great storehouse of knowledge about the corruption, misdiagnosis, and pagan ways of psychological science.
While there are cases where incompetent doctors and counselors do harm to patients, this is true in any field of medicine. However, it is rare that a pastor would try to convince a church member not to take a statin medication when his or her cholesterol levels go above 300. In fact, my very wise and intelligent minded pastor seemed very relieved when my doctor prescribed Tricor to me when my Triglyceride levels went over 1000 about 2 months ago. For those who understand what this lipid is, this is not a typo. My counts were over 1000 and I am following my doctor’s advice once again just as I did in 2002.
The beautiful thing is that in the last 20 years, research has revealed much more about the human mind. At times, I wish I had the discipline to have gone into this field of research because the articles written for a layman like me show that research and knowledge into the human mind reveals complexities never understood before. With this, diagnosis is much more targeted and accurate than it was 60 years ago.
If you want to begin a journey of discovering the truth about this topic, I think you will do well to read to post of a respected minister and worship leader. Thanks Carlos for posting this. My wife and I continue to keep you and your family in constant prayer. Te Dios te bendiga.
As for any advice I can give. When it comes to my lipid profile, that’s grease in the blood, I seek the counsel of my doctor. It is sound and based on good research and an excellent education in medicine. For ailments of mind whose symptoms manifest in disorders like the anxiety disorder Carlos suffer from, I strongly suggest seeking out a professional for help and surround yourself with those who will pray and support you just as I have for my metabolic disorder.