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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

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Date of Web Publication7-Jan-2013


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.

Keywords: Dharma, extrinsic and intrinsic orientation, religion, spirituality

How to cite this article:
Behere PB, Das A, Yadav R, Behere AP. Religion and mental health. Indian J Psychiatry 2013;55, Suppl S2:187-94

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Behere PB, Das A, Yadav R, Behere AP. Religion and mental health. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2013 [cited 2021 Mar 3];55, Suppl S2:187-94. Available from:

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Prakash B Behere
Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Mahatma Gandhi Institute,of Medical Sciences Sewagram, Wardha, Maharashtra - 442102
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.105526

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