Mental Illness: The Necessity for Dependence (Volume 5)
Most people today believe that psychoactive substances and psychotherapies are proven remedies for mental and behavioral problems categorized in the DSM-5 as mental illnesses. Biological psychiatrists in particular and society in general are convinced not only that psychiatric disorders are biological diseases but also that psychoactive drugs are agents that will fix genetic variances, supply missing chemicals, and correct brain dysfunctions. Furthermore, these drugs are mostly believed to be safe and efficient, and psychiatrists are perceived to be empathetic and scientifically-driven caretakers of the human soul. These beliefs have caused many to depend upon psychiatric theory in attempt to restore their minds. This volume explores these misconceptions, since the truth is that there exists considerable ignorance on the part of society and extensive deception on the part of pharmaceutical companies and many psychiatrists. These realities sustain the belief that psychotropic drugs and psychotherapies offer the greatest objects of dependence to restore the mind.
For example, many people are unaware of the history of how psychoactive drugs came to be viewed as healing mechanisms for the soul and then later were dismissed as they once were viewed: as magical concoctions of the witch doctor/shaman. This book, however, addresses the records of past practices and explains exactly how mind-altering substances have come to be perceived as legitimate medicine and what their reality is today. This book also addresses the underlying theories and philosophies which have enabled psychotropic drugs and psychotherapies to flourish in today's culture. Many people are unaware that there exist different theories of drug action. The popular psychiatric theory is that psychoactive drugs attack or correct specific diseases, but another theory exists that explains the drug action of psychoactive substances as simply perturbing the nervous system.
This book is written not only to educate society, but to also encourage physicians to be safer in their practices and to offer the greatest care to their patients. As with all the volumes in this series of mental illness, this book does not simply expose the truth, but it further provides a proven alternative where each reader can place their full dependence to restore the mind to health.
“Dr. Berger unveils the various masks of the cultural depression narrative. The current construct of depression is challenged not merely with questions but answers to bring clarity, amid the ambiguity, that has been so prevalent in our current Christian thinking. Utilizing respected secular authors, he makes a clear case that competing philosophies have been held in high esteem for far too long and that we should recover a biblical view of the very real human experiences of sadness, sorrow, and deep despair. The fruit of Berger’s labor has the potential to shift paradigms held tightly in our Christian circles for nearly eighty years. We know that ideas always have consequences and Berger’s work kindly cautions us to connect the dots between our theology, philosophies, and counseling practices.”
- Dr. T. Dale Johnson, Executive Director, ACBC and Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Daniel R. Berger II is the founder and director of Alethia International Ministries (AIM), where he continues to write and to speak around the country in various churches, organizations, and at various counseling and teacher's conferences. He is also an experienced pastor, counselor, school administrator, and the author of ten books on Biblical counseling, practical theology, education, and the history and philosophy of the current mental health construct. Daniel earned his B.S. in counseling, an M.S. in counseling/ psychology, an M.A. in pastoral studies, and a doctorate in pastoral theology.