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(Daily Mail)   Belief in God can treat depression, plagues of locusts   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 218
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2013-04-26 02:26:09 PM
Ignorance is bliss.
 
2013-04-26 02:27:46 PM
Done in one.
 
2013-04-26 02:29:36 PM
Religion does have its psychological pluses on people.

Belief that there is a reason to this chaotic thing called "life" comforts people.
 
2013-04-26 02:49:21 PM

cman: Religion does have its psychological pluses on people.

Belief that there is a reason to this chaotic thing called "life" comforts people.


Yeah, but I can only imagine how a depressed person that turns to religion will feel if something very bad happens to them. Probably worse off than they started, if they expected a deity to look out for them.

It's better to give sick people real treatment.
 
2013-04-26 02:49:29 PM
Did subby misspell "cause"?
 
2013-04-26 02:49:33 PM
Opiate of the masses.

Trade one psychological affliction for another.
 
2013-04-26 02:49:44 PM
In other news, Big Pharma starts class action suit against God.
 
2013-04-26 02:49:56 PM
derecjones.com

I'll stick with marijuana, thank you.
 
2013-04-26 02:50:04 PM
 
2013-04-26 02:50:22 PM
Lots of ad-hoc hypotheses already in the thread.  I'll go ahead and toss mine on the pile.  The religious center of the brain makes people suggestible(thus religious).  Psychotherapy is just suggesting things to make people feel better.

Experiment to verify my hypothesis: placebos work better on more religious people to treat pain.
 
2013-04-26 02:50:33 PM
Belief in a god-thing can relieve you of all kinds of things, like the need to think for yourself or exercise any personal responsibility for yourself and your own future. Why would someone who has delegated their worries to their imaginary friends have any reason to feel depressed?
 
2013-04-26 02:50:52 PM
If god didn't want me to kill myself why would he make me feel so shiatty.

/Daily Fail
 
2013-04-26 02:51:15 PM
Any form of hope can treat depression.
 
2013-04-26 02:51:20 PM
Flying Spaghetti Monster brings me happiness.
 
2013-04-26 02:51:25 PM
I just believe God cures the depression I have from believing in him. Mysterious ways, biatches.
 
2013-04-26 02:51:50 PM
One could relate that to death as well. No matter how shiatty things are, we are all eventually going to die, so FARK IT.
 
2013-04-26 02:53:05 PM
 
2013-04-26 02:53:22 PM
This thread will have three types of people:

Religion demands I kill people, therefore it's bad.

Religion helps make me smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass from my lawn.

Meh.
 
2013-04-26 02:54:21 PM
Flying Spaghetti Monster fills me with joy and carbohydrates.
 
2013-04-26 02:54:36 PM
Hey, whatever it takes for you to deal. Just don't be afraid to keep it to yourself.
 
2013-04-26 02:54:51 PM

Ego edo infantia cattus: [derecjones.com image 280x390]

I'll stick with marijuana, thank you.


This is FARK, don't you know religion is the cause of all that's evil in humanity.

Who is this heretic of a submitter???  Burn the non-believer!
 
2013-04-26 02:55:18 PM

miss diminutive: Done in one.


^I second this^
 
2013-04-26 02:55:57 PM
i.imgur.com


Thanks for the tax free cash you idiots!
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-26 02:55:58 PM

cman: Religion does have its psychological pluses on people.

Belief that there is a reason to this chaotic thing called "life" comforts people.


Exactly. George Carlin was right about this point. Religion was originally used as a way to keep the uncivilized in line, but today it can be used to keep people away from vices, keep suicide rates down, and in general keep people more cordial.

Some people need that boost in faith to stay away from addictions, or to keep pushing ahead with a shiatty life, or to stay with their spouse and kids when life gets rough. Not everyone has the same mental fortitude or morality, and uses religion as a crutch to keep them in line. It's a necessity for a lot of folks, nothing wrong with that.
 
2013-04-26 02:58:15 PM

rnatalie: Opiate of the masses.

Trade one psychological affliction for another.


Not so much as an opiate, more of a counterirritant.
 
2013-04-26 02:58:35 PM
Worship cats instead. That way when calamity strikes you just hit 'em with a squirt from the old water bottle and cosmic balance is restored.
 
2013-04-26 02:58:40 PM
In case you were wondering why the pillars of major religions all happen to coincide with typical symptoms of mental disorders like OCD (obsessive cleansing, rituals for entering buildings or consuming food, emphasis on numerology) and their followers are more likely to embrace superstitious thinking typical of schizoaffective disorder and have an extra hour and a half:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WwAQqWUkpI
 
2013-04-26 02:58:43 PM
Man I want to believe in a deity, an afterlife, anything!  Most days I'm ok but sometimes late at night when trying to sleep, my stupid brain turns to thoughts of mortality followed by a sinking feeling of despair as I realize that before I know it, I'll be winked out of existence.  I'm actually jealous of religious people in that regard, the comfort it must bring the to know that there is something after, that it's not the end.  I'm not even that old, I've still got half my life left (hopefully), but I keep imagining myself in my twilight years clinging and fighting tooth and nail to stay alive one more day.

Oh well, I figure I'll eventually adapt and cope, my brain will just reach acceptance and all that.  Either that or maybe the dementia that runs in my family will make it so I don't even realize what's happening.
 
2013-04-26 03:00:37 PM
Well, yeah, NSS.  If I could displace all my problems on some "magic sky being" instead of realizing my life is created by my own actions and is my own to therefore correct to what I would like... I'd be a fark lot less depressed too.
 
2013-04-26 03:01:06 PM

WTF Indeed: This thread will have three types of people:

Religion demands I kill people, therefore it's bad.

Religion helps make me smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass from my lawn.

Meh.


I don't mean to quibble, but those are not "kinds of people".
 
2013-04-26 03:01:18 PM
...remove demons
kill vampires

and so on...


Whatever, enjoy your faith...do no harm to others, we're good.
 
2013-04-26 03:02:01 PM
It sure sounds like everyone is euphoric in this thread.
 
2013-04-26 03:02:01 PM
Shame that the gatekeepers to all this anti-depressive and prayer-healing miracle-work are such raging assholes to so many of the people who could actually use the help.
 
2013-04-26 03:02:23 PM

quiotu: cman: Religion does have its psychological pluses on people.

Belief that there is a reason to this chaotic thing called "life" comforts people.

Exactly. George Carlin was right about this point. Religion was originally used as a way to keep the uncivilized in line, but today it can be used to keep people away from vices, keep suicide rates down, and in general keep people more cordial.

Some people need that boost in faith to stay away from addictions, or to keep pushing ahead with a shiatty life, or to stay with their spouse and kids when life gets rough. Not everyone has the same mental fortitude or morality, and uses religion as a crutch to keep them in line. It's a necessity for a lot of folks, nothing wrong with that.


Not really they end up trading one addiction for another see religious addiction.
 
2013-04-26 03:02:26 PM
Are other people different than me in that they can just decide to believe in something?  Isn't that kind of like deciding you can fly?  It's all great until you try to jump off the roof.
 
2013-04-26 03:03:58 PM

WTF Indeed: This thread will have three types of people:

Religion demands I kill people, therefore it's bad.

Religion helps make me smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass from my lawn.

Meh.


Meh back at you and your False Choice Dilemma.

I find that a PERSONAL belief in a higher being alleviates the insecurities that come from thoughts about death and our overall lonesome purposeless existence.

What people will try to pin ORGANIZED religion on is a different story... as human beings use any too for power as well as good (think of a kitchen knife... one of the most common weapons in domestic aggression)
  It's a false choice to say that a belief in G-d does make anyone smarter, taller, richer, etc. or destroys...  It provides a grounding and hope during tough times for the individual.  And as the article goes to show, helps with depression.

Hmmmm... I wonder why people ALL OVER THE WORLD have religions...  I wonder if there's something GOOD to it.
 
2013-04-26 03:04:09 PM
The guy let his son be nailed to a cross. That always makes me feel better.
 
2013-04-26 03:04:17 PM

Cytokine Storm: Man I want to believe in a deity, an afterlife, anything!  Most days I'm ok but sometimes late at night when trying to sleep, my stupid brain turns to thoughts of mortality followed by a sinking feeling of despair as I realize that before I know it, I'll be winked out of existence.  I'm actually jealous of religious people in that regard, the comfort it must bring the to know that there is something after, that it's not the end.  I'm not even that old, I've still got half my life left (hopefully), but I keep imagining myself in my twilight years clinging and fighting tooth and nail to stay alive one more day.

Oh well, I figure I'll eventually adapt and cope, my brain will just reach acceptance and all that.  Either that or maybe the dementia that runs in my family will make it so I don't even realize what's happening.


Enjoy every moment.

Cliche but...
 
2013-04-26 03:04:39 PM
This would help explain some of the farked up believers I know.
 
2013-04-26 03:06:41 PM

sheep snorter: [i.imgur.com image 585x379]


Thanks for the tax free cash you idiots!
[i.imgur.com image 400x300]


Burn!
BURN THE NON-BELIEVER!

Religion = Stupid
Look at my anecdotal examples... Durrrr.
85% of the world are idiots, only me, so smart!
 
2013-04-26 03:08:06 PM
It can also treat peasant uprisings, logical thought and the concept of free will.
 
2013-04-26 03:10:12 PM

uncleacid: The guy let his son be nailed to a cross. That always makes me feel better.


Well, especially when  your God carries a hammer.
 
2013-04-26 03:11:43 PM
There might be type 5 entities that create universes, but to worship one.......Would you worship someone from the Geek Squad?
 
2013-04-26 03:12:11 PM
Your new purpose in life is to judge other people and pester the living crap out of them... oh, and don't forget to follow-zee-orders!
 
2013-04-26 03:12:17 PM

jso2897: uncleacid: The guy let his son be nailed to a cross. That always makes me feel better.

Well, especially when  your God carries a hammer.


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2013-04-26 03:12:59 PM
Oh horseshiat it can.
 
2013-04-26 03:14:25 PM

SovietCanuckistan: One could relate that to death as well. No matter how shiatty things are, we are all eventually going to die, so FARK IT.


May the Flying Spaghetti Monster bless you, and thank you for the TF.
 
2013-04-26 03:15:29 PM

NostroZ: sheep snorter: [i.imgur.com image 585x379]


Thanks for the tax free cash you idiots!
[i.imgur.com image 400x300]

Burn!
BURN THE NON-BELIEVER!

Religion = Stupid
Look at my anecdotal examples... Durrrr.
85% of the world are idiots, only me, so smart!


Feeling a little persecuted today, are we?
Don't worry, Bucky - we won't feed you to the lions.
You'd probably give them indigestion.
 
2013-04-26 03:16:26 PM
Religion has done more to get me depressed than it has ever helped me be happy. I'm afraid I may be broken if this article is unbiased, and filled with good scientific facts.
 
2013-04-26 03:17:21 PM
Christmas presents make me happy. So do Christmas cookies.
 
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