Mood Disorders and Brain Chemistry
Dr. Thomas Griffin and Pastors Roger Barrier and Glenn Barteau address the issue of how to minister to people with brain chemistry concerns. This three-part series includes a wealth of information on brain function, mood disorder symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Who should support a person in crisis? How should church leaders provide effective care?
Wellness tools such as diet, exercise, cognitive therapy and rest are recommended for mood disorder patients. Discerning behavioral and chemical issues is emphasized. Resources are recommended.
Symptoms for basic mood disorders such as mania, depression and bipolar disorder are discussed. The critical nature of diagnosis and treatment is emphasized. Support teams consist of a psychologist, a physician and/or psychiatrist, a pastor or church leader, well-informed family members and church family members.
Why should Christian leaders know about brain chemistry issues? What should they do with the information? One pastor tells his story, and basic brain functions are described.