Neurosis: Is Religion helpful in the case of mental illness?

Psychotherapy-for-depression

As the cultural questions continue, "where is God?" the barrage of critique coming from the atheist movement is disturbing.  I recently read an article condemning religion as the source of neurosis, believing in a Deity in the sky to come help is akin to believing in fairies flying in the woods. 

So…I went on a research morning looking for any help religion might have in the case of mental issues.  I know this is a touchy topic, as we know there are biological causes for depression, OCD, ADDHD, and many other commonly diagnosed mental issues, but I wonder…what role does religion play in the therapy of those dealing with series mental problems?

It didn't take long before I found this article from a common web psychology portal "Psych Central."  Click Here for the Full Article

I'm intrigued at the work being done to provide hope for those dealing with depression.  The hope offered in faith often can be a source of great strength which is directly opposite of the assumptions being thrown out by the atheist agenda. 

Which comes to no surprise for those of us in the faith world.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm an advocate for mental professionals who can help counsel, prescribe medication, or simply give hope to those in need.  In fact, it might be a good practice for all of us to take some time to evaluate our own mental state of being. 

You might not be dealing with clinical depression, but the more I interact with teenage and college students, the more I'm intrigued by the number of people who are asking crucial questions about life. 

Why me?
Why am I here?
What do I matter?
Who really cares about me?
Would anyone miss me when I'm gone?

The state of Colorado has reported this time of year is on average the highest season for people who consider suicide.  For some reason as winter melts away and spring turns into summer the percentages go up.  Click For Full Article Here

Can faith help?

With a God who loves us, cares for us, and is interested in giving hope to the ills of the world; I can't see how it can't. 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. As HE is our great hope and reason for looking to the future with an understanding that He holds it…..our faith can help with mental illness.
    that being said mental help professionals a help for those in need. my wife has anxiety disorder and needs assistance from time to time but this in no way diminishes her faith.
    God bless

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