Thursday, October 23, 2008

Churches unsympathetic to mental illness

A survey of 293 people, all of whom had previously been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, by researchers at Baylor University in the U.S. has found that participants did not always get a sympathetic response when they approached members of the clergy for help. Nearly a third of the participants were told by their church pastor that they or their loved ones did not really have a mental illness but that their problem was solely spiritual in nature such as personal sin, a lack of faith or demonic involvement. Women were more likely than men to have their mental-health problems dismissed by the church and conservative churches were more likely than liberal ones to take an unsympathetic attitude towards mental distress.

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