Psychopharmacology as a Secondary Means of Grace: The Pastoral Vision of Wesleyan-Holiness Pastors in the Upper Ohio River Valley of West Virginia, 2017
Since the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has spread in Western society, how can positive attitudes about psychiatric medications be best encouraged among the Wesleyan-Holiness pastors in the Upper Ohio River Valley of West Virginia? Through a survey involving fourteen pastors and a seminar engaging six pastors, the author--a pastor with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)--demonstrates the effectiveness of an interactive seminar in developing balanced yet positive attitudes about psychiatric medications. Mapes' argument focuses on the medical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of psychiatric disorders, presenting psychopharmacology as the "way of Naaman" and yet as an essential option.
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