When a person is depressed, their cognitive abilities are depleted. They are processing reality through a very negative filter and need help getting balanced. They often experience fear, guilt, hopelessness and anxiety. Telling a person in this weakened condition that it's demons is NOT helpful. No it is DANGEROUS and HURTFUL. It SHOULD NOT be done. EVER.
We need to respond tenderly to sufferers and DO NOTHING to add to anxiety or guilt. I had a friend who was told it was just demons---she quit taking her meds and chose the prayer route. She ended up committed to an institution for a very long time. We almost lost her! I love her and have been her friend for over 30 years---and these whack jobs almost killed her.
I will not be silent when I hear this bullshit. Just thought everyone should know that.