• Not all people receiving Christian counseling need medication
  • However, many children and adults benefit significantly from medication
  • Medications prescribed for mental health problems are typically called "psychotropics"
  • Medications are prescribed by your GP or by a PSYCHIATRIST
  • A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health problems
  • Psychotropics are available for both children and adults
  • Review the material below, then use the column to the right to check on your medication
  • You can link to sites that provide detailed information on your medication

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • What is the name of the medication and what is it supposed to do?
  • How and when do I take it, and when do I stop taking it?
  • What foods, drinks, or other medications should I avoid while taking it?
  • Should it be taken with food or on an empty stomach?
  • Is it safe to drink alcohol while on this medication?
  • What are the side effects, and what should I do if they occur?
  • Are there differences in the way my child might take it if is prescribed for him/her?

Should A Christian Take Medication for Mental Health Problems?

  • There is nothing in the Bible that would prohibit you from taking appropriate medication
  • IF your problems are mild to moderate, you may not need medication
  • If your problems are moderate to severe, you'll probably need medication, at least temporarily
  • Talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have

What Are The Main Categories of Medication?

  • Antipsychotic
  • Antimanic
  • Antidepressant
  • Antianxiety

Check Drug Interactions

  • If you take more than one medication, you should always check for drug interactions
  • Make sure you check on both your prescribed medications and any vitamins you take
  • You can check for drug interactions by going to the following site:

Drug Digest: