I want to make myself clear that I do agree that our children's past (abuse, trauma, neglect) can/often does effects them in a negative way. I agree that there is a place for doctors when the problem/behavior has a physical cause. For example, I am on thyroid medication and before I was diagnosed and treated I was a mental mess. Alcohol and drugs use invetro definitely alters the brain chemistry in a child.
I am also familiar with mental illnesses--when I was 16 I spent over three months in an eating disorder clinic which was on the same floor as the behavioral health unit--I saw it all. I spent hours upon hours in counseling/psychiatric offices--at my parents force. But, it was when I finally realized that I was living in sin that I opened the door for the Lord to begin setting me free (but that it for another post).
Therefore, I believe that it can be concluded that there are behaviors that stem from a physical causes but there are also behaviors that are rooted in sin. Either way, we need to seek the Lord for wisdom and understanding.
If you know me personally you know that I am not one to cause division. I do not pick fights or begin arguments for the sake of doing so. I love the Lord and desire to minister to other families that are in the same spiritual battle--raising hurting kids to find freedom and joy in Jesus Christ our Counselor.
I would highly recommend the book, "How to Counsel God's Way" by Bob Hoekstra. This is what he says,
"Issues of ungodliness and sinfulness are bring eclipsed by a new pathological vocabulary of diseases and disorders. Consequently, God's true remedies for real problems are by-passed in place in man's counterfeit remedies for imagined problems.
Such assertions do not mean that biblical counselors are to deny actual psychological problems that can plague humanity. Being committed to to the word of God, instead of to the psychological theories of man, does not mean one refuses to acknowledge such problems as brain diseases or genetic brain maladies...The scriptures describe man as having a physical aspect to his make up, and this physical makeup can contrast diseases and can function improperly" Pg. 304
Please, accept my forgiveness if I hurt or offended you. I hope and pray that this post brings clarification to the intentions of my heart.
*I am removing the poll as I realize now that it is not helpful.*