Understanding ADD/ADHD Using This Biblical/Theological Lens
The biblical counselor must honestly inform the parents that one cannot find ADD in the Bible. That said he must also inform the parent that the label, like the names of all psychological disorders, refers to a collection of observable behaviors known as criteria or symptoms. Psychology views the whole collection of behaviors as one by giving the collection a label that we call a diagnosis. That diagnosis becomes greater in psychology than its behavioral parts. While some claim that ADD results solely from a biological source, since diagnosis depends on behavioral abnormalities, it seems consistent to view ADD as something very loosely connected, if at all to a medical problem.
Even in the most recent fact sheet about ADHD published by the DSM-5, they still state that the disorder exhibits a pattern of behavior, not biological test results, which includes no less than six behaviors of inattention and hyperactivity or impulsivity. Most importantly even ADD experts admit that all children display ADD behaviors at one time or another. Thus a biblical counselor can reassure parents that their child does not have a problem that biblical parenting cannot address. The parents may rightfully respond that if the issue simply results from bad behavior, then they will just discipline the child more consistently. At this point the biblical counselor must balance his comments and make sure the parents understand exactly what biological problems could exist and exactly what biblical counseling offers. Read the rest of this entry »