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Mind, Medications & Mental Disorders: A Spiritual Approach

Oji, Valerie

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181cfb39b

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.

Spirituality plays a significant role in health, including mental health. Biblical Framework Counseling (BFC) is a spiritually based intervention to treat mental disorders. Learn about BFC and pharmacotherapy for psychiatric symptoms. Supplemental digital content is available in the text.

Dr. Valerie Oji, PharmD, BCPP, is Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Sciences, Howard University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Washington, DC. She is board certified in psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy practice and involved in research exploring biblical framework counseling as a spiritually adapted cognitive behavioral therapy intervention and its impact on psychopharmacotherapy.

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