Study examines relationship between mental health and religion, spirituality

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  • raybies Layton, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    repeat after me "Correlation does not equal Causation..." in this case I suspect that this is not causal, for example, it's possible that those who are unsatisfied with their religious traditions and cannot settle for another are already mentally ill, which would contribute to their inability to comply with the structure found in organized religion. Some mentally ill are not easy to welcome into formal social settings, or their mental illness leads them to ostracize themselves, it may be the sort that excludes others or cannot tolerate variance from routines not down by themselves alone. Organized religions generally require human interaction, whereas many mental illnesses leave the individual feeling as though they cannot relate to/or interact with other people--often because people aren't accomodating enough for their "special needs", which to most people unfamiliar with mental illness may mistake for just being difficult.

    Anyhow it's an interesting correlation. There may be positive effects from organized religion that keep people interracting and fellowshipping, but I don't think this study proves that.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 15, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    To "Baccus0902" try your local LDS ward or branch. While the people themselves may not be 100% healthy, the doctrine is.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    Jan. 12, 2013 10:50 p.m.

    "Active participation in a local, healthy and loving church can do much to heal deep emotional issues," Stier said. "

    It seems to me that key word here is "healthy". What is a healthy Church and where can I find it?

  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    While I don't dispute this study, there's a factor that might not have been taken into account: "spiritual" can be lived in countless ways (no dogma involved) and easily attracts people who are unanchored within themselves in life, going from one spiritual practice to another, trying drugs like LSD along the way and never bringing the discipline needed for a true spiritual practice.

    I'm "spiritual but not religious" myself, but I learned long ago that, for this to serve me in life, I have to bring as much discipline and focus--if not more--as any organized religion requires. Because I'm discovering from within, rather than being given ready answers by outside human "authorities."

    I still prefer it this way. Unquestioned dogma wouldn't help me at all in advancing spiritually, though it would make me feel more "secure." But I don't want that kind of security.

    That's why I've always refused substances from spiritual but not religious acquaintances and am at peace with myself and eager to learn more. I don't have any disorders that I'm aware of and enjoy vibrant health, physically, mentally and above all, spiritually.