I understand. But I was responding more directly to ksen's comment:
He said: My pastor holds the view the Psychology only exists to help us deal with the GUILT of our sin and not the sin itself.
So I don't think, in response to that statement, it really matters whether it was "clinical depression" or "low self esteem."
You no nothing about the roots of clinical depression. Aside from physical roots of clinical depression, such as a serious illness or injury; the roots of clinical depression are generally either an unwarranted sense of guilt that one is not good enough or narcissism.
You might want to get the Minerth and Maier books "Happiness is a Choice" and 'Love is a Choice" for a very Christian look at psychiatry.
That's the critical point.
No one defends the excesses of the psychiatric profession. Too often the "experts" have made psychaitry explain away almost all responsibility for almost all people.
The equally horrific extreme is exemplified by Jay Adams books, where he claims even schizophrenia is a lie foisted upon us by the psychiatric lobby, but all "mental health" problems are spiritual at their core. Such wrong-headed ignorance can only harm those afflicted with organic, medical conditions whose counsellors fail to secure proper medical treatment for them.