" We cannot afford to submit ourselves to the psychologists and philosophers of this world." (Let God Be True (1952), pg 307)
"So we must shun the ....babbling psychologists, wordy psychiatrists.....all of which have built up such tremendous reputations as colossal failures." (WT 1-15-52,pg 53)
"But, as a rule, for a Christian to go to a worldly psychiatrist is an admission of defeat."... (Awake 3-8-60, pg 27)
"Being a Christian involves everything one does in life.....Even when deep emotional problems arise, he does not turn for counsel to men who may be highly educated in worldly psychology....." (WT 2-15-63, pg 124)
"The failure of psychiatrists generally to know how properly to apply the best medicine for mental ills - the divine quality of love - is likely to render their treatment ineffectual. (Awake 4-22-75, pg 18)
"Then there was the psychiatrist who.....prescribed sexual relations with himself as therapy and then charged for the 'treatments'." (Awake, 4-22-75, pg 18)
"But is the turning of people from the clergy to the psychiatrists a healthy phenomenon? No, for it really is a case of jumping from the frying pan into the fire. They are worse off than they were before........ (Awake 8-22-75, pg 25)
"Psychiatrists and psychologists.....are not the ones to go to for help when one is depressed and beset with all manner of problems.....The blind egotistical folly of many of these professional men.....". (Awake 8-22-75, pg 26)
"Can psychology be taken seriously as science....? It is......contradictory and high-minded pseudo-knowledge... (WT 8-1-82, pg 23)
(WT 4-15-75, pg 255) WTS decided in this year it was left up to each individual to personally decide for himself whether to see a therapist or not.
But even after this decision was made, the organization continued to cast a very negative light on psychologists and psychiatrists. From time to time the org. warned of the risks involved in seeking their help. They painted these professionals as being without moral principles, and warned that they may encourage their clients to act in a way that is contrary to Bible principles. They also focussed on the danger that the therapist may try to persuade the Witness that his troubles are caused by his religion, and also that many therapists are atheists. (Awake 3-8-60, pg 27) (WT 4-15-75, pg 255).
The magazines have at times contained anecdotes of suicidal and mentally unbalanced persons being restored to health by studying the Bible with JWs, despite the fact that JWs receive absolutely no training in dealing with people with emotional or mental problems.