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J Christ Nurs. 2010 Apr-Jun;27(2):76-83; quiz 84-5.

Mind, medications & mental disorders: a spiritual approach.

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  • 1Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Sciences, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Washington, DC, USA.


In mental illness, individuals may choose faith-based counseling as primary treatment, with medical care as a supportive adjunct. Biblical Framework Counseling (BFC) is based on belief of the Bible's sufficiency to address the root causes of mental disorders that are not otherwise physiologically caused. Clients address underlying spiritual issues while medical care and pharmacotherapy adherence are encouraged to support symptom relief. Consultation between patient, BFC counselor and healthcare clinician is emphasized to optimize outcomes.

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