“Medical Treatments for Depressive Symptoms:” No biological theory of depression has clear empirical support. Two propositions that seem clear, however. First, antidepressant medication and other physical treatments can lighten symptoms and feelings of depression in some people. “Aspirin is an apt analogy for psychiatric medication in that it can alleviate symptoms, but it doesn’t treat an underlying cause.” Second, some well-known medical diseases can have depressing effects (e.g., Parkinson’s, MS, head trauma, heart disease, etc.). “Depression from a definite medical condition tends to be more simple and rarely includes the hopelessness, suicidal thinking, or self-loathing that are present when depression is, in some way, an expression of the heart.” All depression needs active spiritual ministry that often must address the salvific hopes a person invests in medication, hopes which always disappoint. Sidebar contains reference guide to common psychotropic medications.
Medical Treatments for Depressive Symptoms
Author: Ed Welch Date: January 01, 2000
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Other Articles Included in This Issue
- Peace, be still: Learning Psalm 131 by Heart
- Making Sense of the Suicide of a Christian
- Review of Listening to Prozac by Kramer
- Dichotomy or Trichotomy? How the Doctrine of Man Shapes the Treatment of Depression
- The Valley of the Shadow of Death
- Medical Treatments for Depressive Symptoms
- How to Live by Truth (Not Feelings)
- Christian Doctors on Depression: Addam Masri, Andy Smith, James Schaller, Bob Smith Interviewed by Ed Welch