Not to diss Tom Cruise too much- but the guy is a total uninformed idiot when it comes to mental health. When he got into it a few years ago with Matt Lauer dissing anti-depressants he was just beating the drum of the ignorant Scientologists and really most ignorant mind control cults in how they de-value the need for psychiatry and professional counseling in helping people cope with depression.
I knew a man I was studying with in the early 1980's in his second book AFTER he was baptized as a JW. He was paranoid/schizophrenic and was given to delusional hallucinations and fantasizing as another personality UNLESS he stayed on his anti-depressant medication. He lived with his older JW mother ( he was late 20's ) and when he went off his medication he would beat her up and use her as a punching bag. Sick. So the elders would go over and try to assist him ( like they were qualified - not ) and read him scriptures, etc. No use. Finally he went off his meds, got hit by a truck when walking on the road. Got laid up in the hospital. So then he got back on his medication, only to go off it again. He finally pushed it too far when standing in line at a bank behind a policeman and fantasized what it would be like pulling the policeman's gun out of his holster . He found out . The cop cold-cocked him and he got thrown in jail.
After getting out - the elders found him a share rental place in a halfway house where he wouldn't have access to his mother. They also DFed him for the police incident as well as using illegal drugs. And I heard a few years later he died of an apparent suicide / drug overdose.
But the bottom line is elders in Jehovah's Witnesses don't know squat about chemical depression like they should. They think every case of depression can be handled by attending meetings, doing personal study reading the WT and Awake , and going out in service. It's their cure all for EVERY problem Jehovah's Witnesses have . No wonder lots of JW's are on anti-depressants. They have elders that ignore the REAL problems and instead of having to actually DEAL with the people they send them away to study more. Did I say elders are as dumb as Tom Cruise ? O.K. I'll say it- elders are as dumb as Tom Cruise