Relative rates of mental illness

by Doug Mason 12 Replies latest watchtower medical

  • mentalclarity

    I don't know any stats or research but I can say that when I started to wake up I realized that there were many, like myself, who suffered from depression. I don't know if they came into the religion depressed, but certainly getting the canned response to "pray and go out in service more" for every issue didn't help. Praying and going out in service didn't help my failing marriage or the fact that we always had financial issues due to shitty jobs because of lack of education or a myriad of other problems in my life. It can be incredibly frustrating and taxing on a person's mental health to be "waiting on Jah" for years instead of taking actual steps to remedy a situation.

    I also feel that people feel a false sense of acceptance in the congregations when they first start studying that often attracts people with mental health issues who might feel rejected elsewhere.

  • Lee Elder
    Lee Elder

    Very complex questions.

  • Vidiot

    Being required to believe something that you know, deep down, isn't really true, for years and years and years?

    Jeezus, how could that not cause mental health problems?

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