Religion, Culture and Mental Health

Religion, Culture and Mental Health

by Kate Loewenthal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521107776

ISBN-13: 9780521107778

Pub. Date: 11/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Are religious practices involving seeing visions and speaking in tongues beneficial or detrimental to mental health? Do some cultures express distress in bodily form because they lack the linguistic categories to express distress psychologically? Do some religions encourage clinical levels of obsessional behaviour? And are religious people happier than others? By

Overview

Are religious practices involving seeing visions and speaking in tongues beneficial or detrimental to mental health? Do some cultures express distress in bodily form because they lack the linguistic categories to express distress psychologically? Do some religions encourage clinical levels of obsessional behaviour? And are religious people happier than others? By merging the growing information on religion and mental health with that on culture and mental health, Kate Loewenthal enables fresh perspectives on these questions. This book deals with different psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, manic disorders, depression, anxiety, somatisation and dissociation as well as positive states of mind, and analyses the religious and cultural influences on each.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521107778
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     vii
List of tables     viii
Acknowledgements     ix
Note about 'G-d'     x
Introduction     1
Some questions     1
Definitions of culture, religion and mental health     4
How does culture affect the relations between religion and mental health?     9
Schizophrenia     11
Definitions and symptoms, and an overview of causes and relations with religion     11
Visions, voices, delusions and schizophrenia     15
Spirit possession, demons     24
Afro-Caribbean schizophrenia?     34
Diagnostic issues     39
Manic disorder     49
Definitions and causes of manic disorder     49
Religious factors and manic disorders     50
Depression     55
Definitions, symptoms, causes and relations with religion     55
Religious coping beliefs     60
Some gender issues: women, religion and depression     67
Anxiety     74
Definitions, symptoms and causes     74
The overall anxiety-lowering and anxiety-heightening effects of religion     76
Obsessive-compulsive disorder and religion     81
Are religiouspeople seen as more anxious?     85
Somatisation     87
Definitions, symptoms and causes     87
Between-group variations in somatic and psychological symptoms     88
Explanations of these variations     96
Dissociation     105
Definitions and causes of dissociation and dissociative personality disorder     105
Religious factors in relation to dissociative states and tendencies     107
Religious factors in relation to dissociative personality disorder     110
Religious possession and trance states: are they dissociative?     118
Positive states     125
Religion and positive mood: definitions and associations     125
Purpose in life, and hope     127
Forgiveness     132
Authentic happiness     136
Conclusion     140
References     142
Index     164

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