The Church and Mental Illness Part 2: Medicine and Therapy | The Exchange | Ed Stetzer

Ed StetzerHow do pastors feel about mental illness medication and therapy? | Ed Stetzer

In my last post, I began discussing the results of some recent research conducted by LifeWay Research on the church and mental illness. I laid out information that reveals the current general view of pastors on the subject, some of which is encouraging and some of which is rather alarming. I’d like to move away from generalities and talk more about specific methodologies for treating mental illness and how they are viewed in our churches.

Mental Health and Medicine

The information in this next graph surprised me. There seems to be a fairly heated debate in the Christian community and the greater culture as a whole about the use of medication. The prevailing thought is that we are, as a society, overmedicated, and that carries an even greater stigma for those inside the church. Many of you reading the blog today would say that people too often rush to medication in many situations, particularly as it pertains to children. I share some of those concerns (that we medicate people, particularly children, too quickly).

I assumed we would see an anti-medicine response from the pastors—but we saw the opposite. Continue reading →

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