Question: “Should
a Christian see a psychologist / psychiatrist?”

Answer: Because of a few incidents
recorded in the Scriptures dealing with symptoms that appear to be similar to
present-day mental illnesses, many Christians assume that all psychological problems
can be attributed to demons. However, there is no way for us to know if these
people were mentally ill in our modern sense of the term, and whether or not
that is even relevant. The problem is that there are wide varieties of
psychological disorders, some of which are emotional and some of which are

A sinful lifestyle can be one
cause of depression or anxiety. In this case, the person needs to confess their
sins, repent from them, and get back on track with God. The Bible does tell us
that Satan has a significant amount of influence over people (2 Corinthians
4:4). It is easier to obey Satan than it is to obey God because Satan is a
manifestation of the sinful nature we all have. In this way, a mentally ill
person could be influenced by demons. It is important to remember, though, that
Christians cannot be possessed by demons, or influenced beyond a bearable
amount of temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). This is because believers are
already possessed with the Spirit of God (Romans 8:9-11), and the temple for
the Holy Spirit will not share quarters with demons.

Another thing people often don’t
take into account is that God has allowed mankind to invent and develop many
different kinds of medicines for healing. If a person has a true mental illness
caused by hormonal or chemical imbalances in the brain, medication may be
necessary. It is no different than going to a doctor to get medicine for a
thyroid problem, or diabetes, or any other physical illness. I am not saying
that God cannot heal miraculously, because He can. But He does not always
intervene in this way.

Whether or not it is OK to not use
medication, I cannot say for sure. This becomes a matter of the conscience
because the Bible does not deal with it specifically. Some things to consider
are: Does my behavior affect others, especially my family? Is my illness
causing me to be disobedient to God and refusing to allow the Holy Spirit to
work through me? Is my witness for Christ suffering because of this disability?
If a person knows he is sick, but refuses to get help for selfish reasons, I
believe that is sinful. If it is strongly against the person’s belief system to
take medicine for brain illnesses, and he has spent a lot of time in prayer and
meditation, he should discuss any alternatives with his doctor.

I do not believe it is at all
sinful to take necessary medications or to see a psychiatrist. This does not
show lack of faith in God, although we should always go to Him first for
healing and direction. He wants to be in charge of every part of our lives, and
we should feel free to take our problems to Him in prayer for every situation
and every circumstance. He often uses medications and therapists to heal His
children. I would only recommend seeing a trained Christian counselor or
psychiatrist, however. A secular therapist is only going to give advice from a
secular viewpoint instead of a biblical one. Let the Psalmist David’s words
encourage you: “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and
the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He
has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God…” (Psalm

Source :


Scroll to Top