211 – Mental Health is More than Symptom Reduction: Medications, Relationships, Agency, and Story


Media Format: Audio CD

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Psychiatry can help many people who live with mental health problems, but five problematic
trends within modern psychiatry???individualism, self-body dualism, self-symptom dualism,
technicism, and commodification???can lead psychiatrists to treat patients in a way that leads to
fragmentation rather than wholeness. These trends collectively undermine a Christian vision of
what it means to be human: that we are loved and known by God; that we are creatures of
earth who become who we are in relationship with others; that we are wayfarers on this earth,
pilgrims on a journey that starts with God and ends with God; and that we are called not to
control, but to praise God and His wonder, glory, and creation. This Christian account of being
human calls for a radically different vision of psychiatric care: from individualism to
relationship, from self-body dualism to psycho-physical-spiritual unity; and from a focus on
symptom reduction to the broader question, ???What is needed, right now, for the journey??۝

Presented by: Warren Kinghorn, M.D., Th.D.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:

  1. List five, problematic trends within modern psychiatry that discourage whole-person care
  2. Describe three, empirical studies that show the strength of the prescriber-patient therapeutic alliance predicts patients’ responses to psychiatric medication
  3. Name three dimensions of prescribing and using medications, beyond symptom reduction, that are critical for the wise use of psychiatric medications