May 27, 2005
Apparently it cures gays, too
Religion is good for your mental health, according to a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association:
A new survey of nearly 37,000 men and women shows that people who regularly attend church, synagogue, or other religious services are less likely to suffer from depression and other psychiatric illnesses than those who don’t.
“The higher the worship frequency, the lower the odds of depression, mania, and panic disorders,” says researcher Marilyn Baetz, MD, of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.
The study didn’t assess the effect of church-going on bigotry, intolerance and right-wing extremism, but I’m guessing it’s good for those too.
It’s worth noting that Baetz has been producing similar studies for some years.
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