Listening to the sermon about spiritual counseling – and by that I mean Christians providing counseling services – the speaker who might be Wayne A. Mack, author of the book, “Introduction to Biblical Counseling“, made me think about what I had done in the past in the area of providing mental health counseling. I may have the name of the speaker I am listening to wrong, only because the recording does not provide an easy way to know who is doing the speaking. I wish they’d made that clear.
I do know that one of the instructors in biblical counseling that I am listening to online is Wayne A. Mack and the link goes to his book found on Amazon.
The segment that I am listening to today talks about depression. Having the symptoms of depression in the past, I have come to know the devastation one may feel when they are feeling depressed. I took notes on the segment in which the speaker talks about the moral values and choices people have and that they may be the underlying reason for why a person feels depressed.
As we know, there may be brain issues going on in something like depression but when clients describe enough symptoms that it indicates to a clinician that they fall under clinical depression by the number of boxes they can check off as a description to how they’re feeling, the DSM can indicate a diagnosis of a serious depression going on. Medication may be prescribed, but a doctor will not know the level of a person’s serotonin. They just guess, by what the patient describes, whether they should be diagnosed as being clinically depressed and to the point of being prescribed medication to ease their symptoms.
If the symptoms seems to get better if they don’t take medication, the instructor said that the doctor won’t know if the moral choices that the soul makes is what has changed the person’s level of depression.
It is sin we are dealing with in much of what we now can perceive as the reason for a person’s depression in counseling. Why leave treatment to a man who wants nothing to do with our Lord Jesus Christ instead of look at the person’s morality – whether they choose to live in sin or not.
A random serotonin event may be caused by whether a person’s morals have changed or not. We can consider whether they have caused their serotonin levels to decrease by making an immoral choice.
We can’t know why the people who tell us they feel badly are feeling sad or depressed, but they may know the reason why they feel so badly.
They may have made a choice that they feel very badly about that causes them to feel sad, depressed, or lonely. It may point to the fact that when we choose badly, we feel badly, and making the moral choices that are Godly may make someone feel better.
I hope to learn more from the class I have enrolled in to share with readers of this blog. I am sure it will help someone along the way, which is my hope. I pray for each one of you who comes to my blog and I hope to be of support you, in some way of which I am not sure of at this point, but in some way in these days to come.