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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 187-194

Religion and mental health


1 Department of Psychiatry, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Maharashtra, India
3 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Adult Board Certified and Senior Child Psychiatry, Fellow South Illinois University, USA

Correspondence Address:
Prakash B Behere
Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Mahatma Gandhi Institute,of Medical Sciences Sewagram, Wardha, Maharashtra - 442102
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.105526

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In this chapter, the relation between religion and mental health and vice versa has been described. From primitive times different religions have different beliefs and systems of worshipping. Every religion with their belief system has implications on mental health and illness. We described how Hindu system of beliefs and rituals may have an effect in causation of various mental illnesses. It is also described how religion can help an individual to sustain one's life in various domains. The relationship between different religion and symptomatology is described. The impact and outcome of religion on mental health have been highlighted.



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