Mental Health & the Bible Conference
Dr. Daniel Berger
Teaching a Child to Pay Attention
Session 7 • September 14, 2019 • Dr. Daniel Berger
Many people have falsely come to believe that children naturally pay attention correctly, and that they normally give their attention to the right objects/values. Yet, the Bible reveals in the book of Proverbs that a child’s paying attention rightly is a difficult task and one of the parents’ most important responsibilities. Furthermore, Proverbs offers a clear pattern of how parents and teachers can teach children to pay attention and to what they should give their attention. This session will provide an overview of how to teach a child to pay attention according to God’s created order.
Can I take Psychoactive Drugs to Cope with Life?
Session 6 • September 14, 2019 • Dr. Daniel Berger
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. At a minimum, many people believe that these powerful drugs are reliable coping mechanisms. 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 fix genetic variances, balance imbalanced chemicals, and correct brain dysfunctions. In other words, mind-controlling drugs are believed to be medicines which require dependence in order to restore the mind/psyche/soul. But what does Scripture say about attempting to treat the soul with mind-controlling substances? This session will look at what is actually taking place in psychopharmacology by examining the scientific theory of drug action as well as the Scriptural perspective. As the attendee will observe, these views are not in conflict with each other.
What Does the Bible Say about Insanity?
Session 5 • September 14, 2019 • Dr. Daniel Berger
What is severe alleged mental illness, and can it be remedied? Are we all insane, or are just a few of us? These questions and more will be addressed from both the secular perspective and Scripture. It may surprise some, however, to learn that today’s prominent psychiatrists (who control and sustain the construct of mental illness) insist that normalcy and mental illness cannot be objectively determined or defined. Yet they assert that their constructs of human abnormalities contained in the DSM-5should be believed and applied dogmatically. But if normal is subjective and imprecise, then how can deviances from a non-existent standard logically exist objectively? What if an objective definition does exist, however, and discovering its essential elements simplifies the concept of madness/psychosis and exposes exactly why secularists cannot or refuse to objectively define normalcy and mental illness? In order to answer these questions, the original definition of madness found in Scripture will be compared and contrasted with the current accepted psychiatric theory.
Surviving Trauma in Life: A Biblical look at PTS
Session 4 • September 14, 2019 • Dr. Daniel Berger
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a common diagnosis in today’s world. But is the person disordered for struggling through trying situations, or is the world in which he/she lives disordered? In this session, we will both understand that PTS does not identify a person’s abnormality when they struggle through life after enduring trauma, and we will discover the biblical solution that allows us to endure all levels of trauma. Furthermore, we will study clear examples from Scripture of those who lived through horrific events by applying a clear biblical solution that is still offered to us today.
Discerning Normalcy: Am I Mentally Ill, or are You?
Session 3 • September 14, 2019 • Dr. Daniel Berger
Still utilizing the secular construct of depression as an example along with the ADHD, we will observe key philosophies that must be accepted in order to stigmatize some as mentally ill and not others. Some of the questions that will be answered are: “Is depression an abnormality, or is this common condition an aspect of normal human nature?” Can I objectively know if someone I love is mentally ill?
Depression: Packaging Human Nature into Psychiatric Constructs
Session 2 • September 13, 2019 • Dr. Daniel Berger
Using the construct or syndrome of depression from the DSM-5, this workshop will compare it with both biblical truth and empirical evidence to determine its true nature. Some of the major questions that will be answered are: (1) Is depression primarily a physical problem or a spiritual aspect of human nature? (2) Is there a subjective definition of depression, or is it a social construct that represents different struggles to different people? In the process, attendees will realize how psychiatric constructs are formed and how they divert our attention away from the true nature of our problems and the biblical solution to them.
What is Mental Illness, and Why Does it Matter to Me?
Session 1 • September 13, 2019 • Dr. Daniel Berger
Few people today know where the concept of mental illness began in history. Fewer still understand the philosophical beliefs necessary to sustain the current construct. This session will discuss these foundational issues, study the key figures responsible for creating today’s mental health system, and in the process will equip attendees with discernment to understand how secular theorists and much of American culture now determine who is normal and who is abnormal. Who gets to buy a gun and who doesn’t, is Johnny mentally ill or is he just misbehaving, is transgenderism a mental illness because of dysphoria or because it is a delusion, and is drinking coffee a mental illness or just something you greatly enjoy?