About the Episode

In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, host Christine Chappell interviews Ed Welch about his book, I Have a Psychiatric Diagnosis: What Does the Bible Say? Some of the questions addressed in this interview are:

• What’s the difference between the terms psychiatric, psychological, and spiritual?
• What does being an embodied soul have to do with being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder?
• Do sufferers need to know the exact reasons why they’re suffering in order to experience God’s comfort?
• What makes forgiveness of sin relevant and comforting to someone labeled with a psychiatric disorder?
• Is it wrong to partake of physical treatments when diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder?
• What’s one biblical piece of wisdom you’d share with those caring for someone who has a psychiatric diagnosis?
• How does the hope and help of Jesus Christ encourage someone who has recently been given a psychiatric diagnosis?


About the Guest

Ed Welch MDiv, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). Ed has been counseling for over forty years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His biblical counseling books include Shame Interrupted, When People Are Big and God Is Small, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness, Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest, A Small Book about a Big Problem, A Small Book for the Anxious Heart, A Small Book about Why We Hide, and I Have a Psychiatric Diagnosis.


About the Book

I Have a Psychiatric Diagnosis: What Does the Bible Say?

A psychiatric diagnosis can be heavy burden—for you or someone you love. These struggles can be life-dominating. But we know this: God is not silent when his people struggle. What does God say? Experienced counselor and best-selling author, Edward T. Welch helps you answer that crucial question by exploring how God’s Word speaks in ways that can help you find wisdom, rest, and hope in Jesus.

What do you do when you recognize yourself or someone you love in descriptions like “OCD,” “bipolar disorder,” “borderline personality disorder”? The DSM can give you a detailed description, but what next? We listen to God and to his people.

I Have a Psychiatric Diagnosis will guide readers in listening to God who has compassion for those who are struggling in these painful ways. Listening to God in the Bible reshapes psychological descriptions and functions as a corrective lens that opens our eyes. As you listen to Scripture and God’s people, you will understand the struggles of those with a psychiatric diagnosis better and will be able to receive and offer words of help and hope. Welch includes case studies on panic disorder, PTSD, depression, and narcissism to aid in practical application to your situation.

About the Podcast

The Hope + Help Podcast offers interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics regarding life’s challenging problems. Hosted by IBCD Outreach Director Christine M. Chappell. Listeners can subscribe on major streaming platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, & iHeart.

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