Is it wrong to take medication for mental health ailments?

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The medical experts believe that mental health ailments originate within a person’s psyche. Sometimes a chemical imbalance is the cause. If this is the case, medication is often given to help fix the imbalance, which will address the psychological problem. In such cases medication is advisable.

But there are side effects associated with prescription drugs. And patients should be aware of the possibility of drug abuse and dependencies. Believers should be free from the use of all addictive drugs (1 Corinthians 6:12). Therefore, it’s better to focus on the root of the problems than only treating the symptoms.

Sometimes, a troubled broken heart (not a chemical imbalance) is the direct cause for the mental ailment. For such cases, Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The Christian should seek the Lord’s healing through the study of His Word, fasting and prayer. And the Lord promised to completely heal His children (Psalm 103:3). But to help diagnose the health problem and decide whether it is mental or physiological, believers should seek the assistance of Christian medical and psychological experts.

In addition, a Christian should do his part in aiding the healing process by taking preventative care, maintaining a healthy diet, resting, getting proper exercise, living in obedience to God’s moral laws, forgiving and loving his brothers, and trusting the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Jesus spent most of His ministry on earth healing the sick (Luke 4:14; Luke 4:18). So, it is His will to heal all those that are afflicted by sickness and diseases (Matthew 8:16; Matthew 4:24). Jesus NEVER turned anyone away (John 6:37). He healed all those that came to him by faith regardless of their background (Luke 4:40; Luke 8:2). Therefore, a believer with a mental health ailment should trust in God who honors those that come to Him by faith and walk in His steps (Matthew 9:22).

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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