- 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?
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: http://www.drugdigest.org/wps/portal/ddigest