So, you think anti depressants are wrong and corrosive?
Wrong and corrosive, no. But they are less than ideal meds,especially for anxiety disorders. They often make matters worse in the beginning, take ages to work and can have unpleasant/unwanted ongoing side-effects that can reduce quality of life, the weight gain, loss of libido, constipation, etc. HOWEVER, in most cases they are far better than leaving the disorder untreated. Anxiety/stress is a killer.
I thought you are a believer in this area of medicine.
I am, but I'm also a realist.
And Sigmund Freud was a saint.
Freud was a coward and a fool who inflicted much emotional and sometimes physical suffering on his patients. A coward because he was initially on the right track in believing many of his patients were the victims of sexual and /or physical abuse, but when his theory went over like a lead balloon with his peers he came up with the id, ego, superego crap instead.
His treatment of his patients was disgraceful, best illustrated by Emma Eckstein
. Freud was instrumental in her having a disastrous nasal surgery which left her permanently disfigured and then covered up the episode to protect the friend who performed the surgery.
When the noted psychologist Hans Eysenck interviewed all of Freud's surviving patients in the 1960s he found that not one was better and that many were most worse for having been treated by Freud.
And how is therapy truly as effective? How could it be for severe cell death and damages?
The mind is capable of repairing the brain. Therapy seems to work the same way as meds, by encouraging neurogenesis; see for example: CBT May Reverse Biological Changes in PTSD
(Mescape article, free registration required). Exercise has also been shown to encourage hippocampal neurogenesis.
BTW-an old, but excellent article on neurogenesis and its discovery can be found here