Mood Medications, Part a

September 6, 2016
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Mood Medications, Part c

September 8, 2016
Over the past two decades there has been a dramatic shift in the way our culture thinks about mood problems (depression, anxiety, fear, etc.). The trend is to regard these problems as treatable medical conditions caused by chemical imbalances in the brain that are easily corrected with medication. Drug companies have increased sales exponentially by marketing antidepressants directly to consumers, claiming that mood problems are caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain that can be “evened out” with medication. The chemical imbalance theory, however, is far from enjoying any scientific consensus. Elliot Valenstein Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at Michigan University, states emphatically, “Contrary to what is often claimed, no biochemical, anatomical or functional signs have been found that reliably distinguish the brains of mental patients.” It is not currently possible to measure serotonin levels or absorption rates inside the brain. It can be measured in various bodily fluids, but the levels in those fluids may not reflect levels in the brain. In a psychopathology textbook used for second-year medical students, the authors state, “Psychiatry is the only medical specialty that ... treats disorders without clearly known causes. The only things we know for sure about these drugs are (1) they do something to the brain and (2) they affect the way a person feels.

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Our slogan at Agape Bible Church is: Spreading and deepening delight in God through our God and Savior Jesus Christ. Food For Your Soul exists mainly for the "spreading" aspect of that task. We want to add as many voices to God's mighty praise chorus as possible.

About Dr. Darrell Ferguson

Darrell Ferguson grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and has attended Moody Bible Institute, The Master's College, The Expositor's Institute, Colorado Christian College, Denver Seminary, and Trinity Theological Seminary, where he earned a Doctor of Religious Studies degree. Darrell served as Youth Pastor in two churches, as Senior Pastor at Hillsdale Bible Church in Oklahoma, and was the founding pastor of Creekside Church, and Agape Bible Church where he currently serves. Darrell met his wife, Tracy, while guiding whitewater rafting tours in Colorado. They were married in 1990 and have two daughters, Carolyn-Nicole and Faith, and a son, Josiah.

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