Religion often brings with it a great deal of controversy because the psychiatrists say religiosity is a sign of schizophrenia. It is clearly hypocritical for democratic societies to allow being religious to be seen as a sign of any mental disorder, particularly in view of the shocking legalization of psychiatry in this era. Religion is important to a lot of people who feel their lives would be empty without it. Even religious employees may be happier, reported The British Psychological Society on Jan. 9, 2014.
According to a new study employees who are religious may be happier and more fulfilled than their counterparts who do not have religious beliefs. The research was carried out by Dr Roxane Gervais and involved 34 people in the Caribbean who were full-time workers. These people were asked questions and assessed dealing with factors such as wellbeing, religiosity and job satisfaction. The more religious a person was in this study, the less likely they were to suffer from depression, anxiety and fatigue.
Religious people were also more likely to feel their life had meaning. When strong religious beliefs were associated with regular church attendance, the person tended to achieve an even larger boost to their psychological sense of well being. Dr Gervais has commented, "Religiosity in the workplace may act as a resource, making people more resilient to cope with the many challenges of working life."
Psychiatrists often link religious beliefs and practices to hysteria, neurosis, and psychotic delusions, reports the National Institutes of Health. However, recent research shows religion may serve as a psychological and social resource for coping with stress. Clearly, religious beliefs and practices can represent powerful sources of comfort, hope, and meaning for people and therefore should not be seen as a manifestation of mental illness.