Certainly Jaycdp, on the strength of his training, believes that psychiatry and its supporting sciences, despite not being areas where creative thought are seen at their best, can provide effective treatments for depression.
Much more progress has over the years been made in treating physical ailments than psychological ones. Nowadays we have heart surgery using small probes whereas thirty years ago to cut a patient's chest open was the only way. But medical science was attempting to treat depression with pills then and it is today doing the same thing albeit with different drugs.
There is a post on this forum http://www.brahmakumaris.info/forum/vie ... esh#p23678
where a BK wife's depression was cured very quickly with knowledge. Science does not recognise the soul and knows little about the power of thought. Its area of investigation is one of chemical imbalances and new drugs to correct those imbalances.
Would the big drug companies who have a vested interest in making profit tell people that they do not need these drugs even if they knew it to be true? I suspect not. It could be considered better business to make profits for the rest of a patients life than to show them how to express creativity and happiness in their own lives by giving them good insight into the nature of thought.
It is not my purpose to go into conspiracy theories etc though medical science does have its limitations. Reading the book "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen will do a sufferer from depression no harm and is to my mind much more likely to cure them than any pill.
Another dangerous psychiatric resource is electro-convulsive therapy. This barbaric treatment works with a few patients but prior to treatment disclaimers have to be signed. Why? ECT is similar to drugs in that memory loss or other unpleasant side efects may occur. With drugs damage to vital organs, dribbling, involuntary movements of the faces and tongue, fits, toxicity etc can blight or prematurely end a patient's life. Admittedly I've strayed a little here from depression into bipolar and worse but the same thing but to a lesser degree applies.
The greatest pharmacy is the physical body, think continual thoughts of hatred and you become ugly. Think often of hope and love and beauty unfolds. The body makes new drugs everyday it responds to our thoughts ... drug companies eat your heart out!
If anyone needs medical help going to a doctor is sensible. Educating oneself is a lifelong process, anyone who would like a copy of James Allen's insight into right thinking can message me.