British psychiatrist Dr. Sanjay Jain has reignited the medicine vs religion debate by suggesting depression, negative and even suicidal thoughts can be countered by a belief in God.
Controversially, the NHS psychiatrist has included demonic possession and the “influence of Satan” among the root causes of mental imbalance.
In new book A Psychiatrist Discovers the Life-Changing power of God (Destiny Image Europe), Dr. Jain offers support and practical tips about dealing with anxiety, depression and 'negative energies'
The 200-page self-help guide is based equally on the latest scientific research and “timeless” Christian teachings. The author, who is also an ordained minister, says he is attempting to combine the ideologies of science and religion for the benefit of patients.
Though he “fully values” psychiatric medicine, Dr. Jain claims finding God in the eighties helped him win his own “battle” with depression.
Speaking from his home in Exeter, he said: "I'm not ashamed of the fact that I have had mental health issues and I'm happy to be an example of how you can overcome those types of problem.
"I never push religion on anyone and I know when my medical training trumps my Christian beliefs but having said that, I know that the power of God can bring joy to everyone. It's not a quick fix but it will bring long term peace.”