Granting that our contemporary therapeutic, self-worship culture is controlled by psychical theories, Christians need to become increasingly cognizant of the primary religious competitor of the Christian faith in America. I am not talking about Islam or Buddhism; rather, the comprehensive control religion of the psycho-therapeutic state. Below is one of my initial critiques of the psychical so-called “sciences.” I have shared this point with several psychology professors and others in the field. I’ve yet to hear a reasonable rescue of the position. Granting my decades of navigating a closest family member’s struggles with so-called Bipolar disorder, I thought it would be a fine point of departure.
Let's take so-called bipolar disorder as our example. Psychologist must presuppose that the causes of bipolar are external stimuli or otherwise behavioral in nature. This generalization will likewise be narrowed according to the adopted theory of the clinician. Cognitive psych will suppose that the patient's problem lies in their conceptualization and interpretation of relational and situational events, for instance. The behaviorist (even contemporary theorists, such as Bandura) will posit that the patient's environment or social construct is the final causal link in the chain of causes. Thus, psychological theory finds the causes of manic-depressive episodes in something extraneous the patient.
Psychiatry, on the other hand, is obliged to work on the assumption that the effect of bipolar behavior is caused by biochemical imbalances in the brain. This, of course, is part and parcel of the popular-level thought on the problem. The psychiatric position, then, says the cause is internal to the patient and the effect is the external behavior and symptoms. Therefore, the psychologist and the psychiatrist are operating off of perfectly contrary causal premises. This is not to say that neither can therefore be true. One or the other may be true, but they cannot both be true; the ice cold grip of logic will not allow it. Moreover, the respective methodologies of each perspective reinforce the causal premise of the perspective.
It is tempting to say, "Well, the truth lies in a careful wedding of the two perspectives; and, subsequently, a bipolar sufferer's remedy lies in dual treatments: pharmacotherapy (by the psychiatrist) and psychotherapy (by the psychologist). Despite how hopeful and popular this may be, it is still illogical. The former assumes that the brain causes the behavioral effect; the latter assumes the external stimuli are the cause of the effect. It is unreasonable to the say the cause is the effect and the effect is the cause. This would contradict the laws of logic, the principle of sufficient reason and intuitive common sense.