Spiritual people ‘likelier’ to be mentally ill
People who profess to be spiritual, are more likely to suffer from a host of mental challenges, a study has revealed.
The study found that spiritual people suffered problems including abnormal eating conditions, drug abuse, anxiety disorder, phobias and neurosis, the Daily Mail reported.
These people were also more likely than others to be taking medicines for problems regarding mental health.
Professor Michael King, from University College London, and his fellow researchers’ study was based on a survey of 7,403 randomly selected men and women in England who were questioned about their spiritual and religious beliefs, and mental state.
Of the participants, 35 percent described themselves as “religious,” meaning that they attended a church, mosque, synagogue or temple.
The vast majority of this group were Christians.
A further 19 percent claimed to have spiritual beliefs or experiences without following a specific religion, while 46 percent said that they were neither religious nor spiritual.
Of the different groups, spiritual people were 50 percent more likely to have a generalised anxiety disorder and 72 percent more likely to suffer from some kind of phobia.
These people also had a 77 percent higher chance of being dependent on drugs and were 37 percent more at risk of neurotic disorder.
Spirituality was also linked with a 40 percent greater likelihood of receiving treatment with psychotropic drugs.
The findings have been published in British Journal of Psychiatry.