"So it is with my word, it will not return to me void, but it will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11
During my morning meditation, I asked God to answer a question that was sparked yesterday at work. I have an 11 year old boy who has been using stimulant and anti-depression medications since the age of 6. His mother is concerned that the medications are destroying his brain and liver, and, it appears, she is weaning him off the medications. The student has been struggling, horribly. His behavior and emotional state are declining and he has become a risk to himself and others. His physician has ordered a high dose of the medications and states they are needed to help him balance his emotions and behavior. As I am engaging in this outward conversation, I am having an internal conversation with myself. What is the right thing to do? I recently attended Dr. Leaf's conference where she and other prominent physicians discussed the mental health medication madness we have in America. I have personally witnessed children in the foster care system as young as 4 being medicated with major narcotics to balance their moods. In my soul, I am struggling with this issue. I woke up at 3:30 am with this issue on my mind. I decided to go to God with my question and this is what I heard the Holy Spirit tell me - "My word does not come back void." I truly have no idea what this means. My first inclination is to trust the direction of Dr. Caroline Leaf and her colleagues. They are highly educated and spirit-filled medical professionals who have much experience with this issue. While it does not make sense in the moment, I acknowledge that there have been numerous things I have been wrong about. There have been many times when I felt I was right and I went my own way, knowing that it did not line up with God's Word. Looking back, I realize how foolish I was!
I don't know what the right answer is. If I was that parent, I would probably medicate to re-stabilize and then consult with my physician as we discussed the weaning and withdrawal process. At the same time, I would be looking for an educational environment that best suits my child and his needs. My heart goes out to that child, the parent, the teachers, the physician and everyone else involved. It will take many humble hearts coming together to instill love and resilience in this situation. We know that brains change (neuroplasticity) and grow healthy when rooted in love!
If there is anyone reading this blog who is interested in learning more about Dr. Leaf, her panel of professional colleagues, or the issue of psychiatric medication, I have embedded the websites below.