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The link between Mental Illness and Religion

Updated on January 22, 2016

Humanity itself is the proverbial "Fallen Angel"


The link

Correlating the link between religious teachings and mental disorders is truly astonishing and frightenlngly real.

Mankind must accept this concept as feasible and make adjustments to correct it.

Are mental defects "learned" behaviors or birth defects?

The 'learned' "fear of God" necessitates an honest look at damages caused by organized religions to society today, or more specifically as providing a real possibility of being the causation of "external conditions" that promote mental disorders in our global society."

Physical causes

Some causes of mental defects are evident:

  • trauma to the fetus during the birth process
  • misuse/abuse of drugs by the pregnant mother
  • alcohol & cigarette use during pregnancy
  • external trauma to the fetus in vivo
  • unhealthy diets, poor hygiene, STDs during pregnancy
  • familial blood relations between mother & father

Little is still known about the intrinsic workings of the brain.

Other ''illnesses" once thought to be inherited or "genetic" may be nothing more than 'learned' behaviors that cause "chemical" disorders of the brain triggered by irrational or illogical guilt and fears, is a valid possibility.

A closer look at the broader mental disorders, shows a disturbing connection to the basic religious indoctrination processes in the very young, and their naturally impressionable mind developmental processes.

Those religious 'impressions" that are widely accepted as "normal" and "encouraged" practices by most adults today, need to be given a re-examination of the actual effects they have on the developing child's mind.

Old staid ideas are still taught as true and relevant in lower schools and colleges. Extreme "conservative" ideas, may be more harmful in children, and society as a whole, than previously thought.

Just because some old ideas and beliefs were (are) taught as truths do not magically make them so, or even valid, or pertinent, to reality.

We are taught that the teachings of religion are based on facts - we now know with certainty that this is not true. The same holds true for the archaic teachings of "experts" in the field of psychiatry.

If we are taught things that are invalid, they cannot be made valid by virtue of their historical age and outdated reasoning to reach these conclusions.

The modern day mental 'disorders' we are being "treated" for need need a closer look at what really caused them; plus the intentions of pharmaceutical manufacturers in promoting drugs that are at best questionable in their "cures" by repression of emotions instead of reversing the damages of "learned" disorders.

The Most Common mental disorders

1. Obsessive Compulsive Disorders:

A condition where an individual feels compelled to do a repetitive act for no apparent reason. This also include "germophobia" - the morbid fear of germs - causing excessive hand washing.

Relative to religion - children are constantly bombarded with erroneous ideas that sex is "bad" and "dirty" and they must not "touch themselves down their" without the differentiation being made between self pleasuring and the need for good hygiene.

No expansion of this idea needs to be made in order to understand the damages of such silly ''teaching'' to young minds.

Couple the OCDC behaviors with those that are actually part of some religious ceremonies. (kneeling and kissing the ground several times a day; visiting the wailing wall; repetitive prayers for absolution of imagined sins, alternate standing, kneeling, and sitting during religious ceremonies, just to name a few).

2. Manic Depressive Disorder:

A condition where a person swings from periods of mania (mental or physical hyperactivity) to depression (withdrawn and sad for no apparent reason).

Although there is some link between this disorder and an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, there is no known physical reason why this occurs in some people and not in others.

A child's developing mind filled with confusion regarding ambiguous religious teaching about what is 'right and what is wrong', 'good or bad', or ''evil'' may be the catalyst that causes these chemical imbalances in the first place.

3. Panic attacks, anxiety and morbid fears:

These are "nervous" conditions in which a person experiences unfounded fear and/or guilt without any apparent reason.

They are due to conflicts in the mind trying to reconcile reality with supernatural, or mystically symbolic, beliefs that are contradictory to rationality, logic or common sense.

4. Paranoia:

A psychological delusion of persecution, or grandeur, with or without, hallucinations.

It is the tendency on the part of an individual, or group, toward excessive, or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others.

Religions teach and promote their particular dogmas as the only true path to eternal bliss in another realm, and it puts undue pressure on young developing minds in their attempt to reconcile their roles in life in contrast with those individuals of "other" faiths.

The opposite being delusions of grandeur. An exaggerated condition in which we perceive ourselves, or our groups, as superior to others who do not share our personal belief system.

5. Hysteria:

A psychoneurosis marked by an emotional excitability and disturbances of the psychic sensory, vasomotor, and visceral functions.

It is the unmanageable, and emotional excesses, within the basic teaching of religion, that are contradictory in a meaningful conceptual reconciliation of normal physical and emotional growth in a child's mind, that lead to chemical changes in the brain that should not be present in the normally developing child's mind.

Children to grown adults, attempt to assuage these unresolved conflicts by equating their validity with the concept that .."...if this many people believe something to be true - then it must be true..."

This is known as mass hypnosis, or mass hysteria, and its reconciliatory consequences are evident in the fighting between religious denominations to prove they are valid and rational when in fact they are neither.

6. Suicidal Ideations:

These are nothing more than the results of conflicts in the mind when we see ourselves as "bad" or "evil" by the religious definitions forced on the minds of children.

Those forced (brainwashed) ideas cannot be reconciled in the real world where such guilt from the "natural" emotional explorations, or fear that the God of wrath presented by religion, will somehow torture the individual for what is natural curiosity and natural development of that individual.

These unresolved internal conflicts coupled with society in general judging the thoughts of others, their particular birthrights, and innate feelings, lead to suicidal thoughts, that lead to actions of self punishment, and viewing death, as the only resolution to this internal conflict.

The phobias people are forced to live with are generally fears resulting from what was put into a child's mind, before their age of reasoning can adequately function to rationalize and categorize those fears in order to negate them.

Those phobias include: fear, hatred, dislike, aversion, craze, obsession, neurosis, psychosis, neurotic symptom, neurotic manifestations, mania, paranoia, distaste, loathing, repugnance, abomination, disgust, terror, horror, abhorrence, detestation, antipathy, odium, execration and aversions, to name a few.

These phobias lead to social problems such as agoraphobia, claustrophobia, hypo-phobia, bacteriophobia and many more, that people inflict upon themselves as a self punishment resulting from negative input into their psyches during their prepubescence, and before the age of reasoning and self awareness matures.

These phobias often go unresolved throughout the person's life time.


Organized religion is a deeply rooted social problem that is global in nature and scale; and severely debilitating to the majority of humanity.

The religious deceivers are cheating individuals out of embracing their 'spirituality' as a real part of the human make up.

The deceivers are replacing what should be a reverent, deep respect and awe, for the glory of that which constitutes the overall make up of the "whole" human experience; with debilitating fear, unfounded guilt and misinformation in order to continue to control the individuals en masse.

My favorite quote is: "Humanity is lost within the material world. Self serving captivates the connection between all things and we lose our sense of oneness with the universe" (anon)

by: d.william 06/26/2013

Evolution IS Creationism IS Evolution (One promotes reality the other fantasy)


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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving your comments. It is well appreciated.

      Society makes all kinds of laws to protect the children against everything, but allows this mental abuse of bombarding their young innocent little minds with religious nonsense from the day they are born - as if it is their right to do so. I think that process of brainwashing children is one of the worst abusive offenses perpetrated against their innocence and robbing them of their right to make their own choices in their own lives, at a time when they can reason for themselves.

      In all my years of caring for the mentally ill, i found that 99% of the mental problems stem from conflicting ideas forced on them by religious teachings and/or conflicts about the natural development of their own sexuality versus what their religion says about it.

      When you combine both sexual aspects and the religious aspects it causes breaks in a child's mind that cannot be bridged without professional help. Those are the most severely damaged and are doomed to struggle with that conflict all their lives.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      I have had my suspicions about this for a long time...and it's so sad to think about. I agree (from firsthand experience to an extent) that childhood trauma, either physical or emotional, truly harms development!

      Even Jesus was protective of the psyche of children, and held them up as examples of how to be...we are meant to learn from children, and to protect their innocence, not barrage them with guilt and shame. The spirit of children is the spirit of freedom that we are all meant to enjoy all our lives.

      So sad what the religious do to their children...putting guns in their hands, whether real or in the form of unnatural! Ugh! Often, extreme religious teachings aim to take away children's innocence and freedom....and to me, that is evil.

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      Rod Marsden 

      5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      Yep, humans are the worst enemy of humans for sure.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      yes, i believe evolution is ongoing. Not only on this planet, but in the entire universe.

      Cosmologists try to theorize the fate of the universe and their logic seems sound, but if their theory proves to be correct, then the creators also must have a finite life span, if they are part of the material existence.

      Assuming they are not, then they themselves could not have been spontaneously "popped" into existence with all the knowledge of the universe included.

      So, the logical conclusion is that what ever created our material existence, must have been "evolved" as well. And the idea of portraying that oneness as a single being is preposterous. Even our ancient history talks of the "Gods" in the pleural.

      If there is a universal "oneness" then that oneness must surely be comprised of vast individuality that can reason within itself. (the same concept as humans being able to rationalize their thoughts and actions - and the consequences they might produce if they are brought to bear)

      If the entire sentience of man is apart from the material world, then it must be made of an energy that cannot be re-created or destroyed - (or 'punished').

      That energy must have evolved as well, for the same reasoning that it, in itself, could not possibly have been simply "popped" into existence.

      It surely would be horrible to think we (humanity) have reach the peak of what man is capable of becoming.

      In order to become all that man is capable of being, we must learn from the past and progress into the future with wonder and awe, but also without fear and as a cohesive unit.

      This incessant need for man to try and reconcile the words of some men in ancient history with the present; and let those words guide us into the future; is dangerously foolhardy at best.

      If people have the need to believe in fairy tales, let them, but those fairy tales should not be the basis for the evolutionary process of man.

      Our future is wide open with possibilities that depend on logic, reality, exploration, and common sense; and most important of all, a worldly unity of purpose.

      The only way that can happen is to not be ruled by self serving and personal greed for hoarding material possessions and the lust for control over other souls in transit.

      Man is mankind's worst enemy.

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      Rod Marsden 

      5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      Well, one of those two two people had one of his ribs nicked and that's how the other one came into being. Now that's weird.

      Yes, I'll go along with God having created evolution. I'm fine with that. This evolution thing is also an ongoing process.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I try to explain my beliefs on evolution vs creationism, but not one single so called christian can understand the concept, so i guess we are just fighting a losing battle.

      Then i say they can simply be left alone to wallow in their own ignorance and groundless fear.

      With that insulting remark being said, the other problem is that they are not content to simply wallow by themselves, they want to drag everyone else into their pettiness and ignorance to wallow there with them.

      It is a really simple concept: The creator (s) created evolution. So both sides should be happy with that one right? Not.

      There has to be that element of supernatural mysticism in which something is created out of nothingness and the fairytale story that all of humanity sprung from two people that were magically created by this humanoid God - father figure. Go figure.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you for reading and again adding such invaluable insights to my article. Your comments are always a welcomed addition and are well appreciated.

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      Rod Marsden 

      5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      Creationism was created to attack the Theory of Evolution. It has no other reason to exist. For me Evolution makes sense.

      Yes, religion has a lot to answer for. This includes starvation in the third world countries and the overpopulation by humans of the planet. Then there's guilt about sex that is supposed to be resolved either by marriage or going into some religious order as a monk or a priest or something.

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      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      I must congratulate you to an outstanding study which describes in great detail the psychological ills religiosity can and does inflict on many minds to various degrees ... at a minimum, it significantly reduces some minds to display a greatly reduced ability to cope with the limitations of the real world in a rational context.

      God is not LOVE but a myth people use to enter into the realm of the absurd instead of facing the fact that the unknown exists and can only be discovered through methodically valid thought processes generally employed in science.

      The video addresses this very question and clearly invalidates the ideas of Intelligent Design and Creationism as religious motivated and un-methodically structured thought.

      Thanks again for a great contribution to the understanding of reason and the enormous value of human mental health!

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting. In the current state of mind of people in general, there is such fear and guilt caused by their religions that the truth will not be seen in our lifetime.

      The only hope is in the generations to come. Our society has chosen to embrace hatred, the judging of others, distrust and intolerance - over LOVE. How sad and pathetic people have become in the name of their false religions. They still have not learned that God is NOT their religion, nor does the Universal Oneness favor any religion over another.

      Man has tried to 'humanize' the Creator and we have lost our humanity in the process.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      False teachings have caused more pain and suffering than famine or wars. God is love, why can't all people see that? Thank you for sharing..


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