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A term which, in the UK, is defined as an organised belief system concerning the sacred and/or divine, which is based on the moral codes, cultures and subcultures, practices and institutions associated with such a belief system.


An entity of wide human significance encompassing doctrinal, historical, literary, devotional, experiential, behavioural and transcendental elements. It is concerned with man's relationship to God, however perceived. Religion may be formalized in dogma or entirely free and individual. It may be a matter of indifference or of the most central importance. Its influence on health may be beneficial, negligible or malign. Religion has been one of the major causes of human suffering and a source of immense consolation to millions. It has brought out the direst cruelty and the most benevolent and altruistic conduct. By their nature, religious beliefs cannot be validated in the manner of scientific facts and must always be matters of faith and unsupported belief. Doctors have a duty to respect the religious beliefs of their patients.


n the outward and often social articulation of belief in higher powers, often practiced in a community setting; may include attendance of public worship and participation in the rituals particular to the faith tradition being embraced.

Patient discussion about religion

Q. Is Christian religion dangerous to your mental health? I think manic episodes can be somewhat akin to religious experiences. Perhaps searching for God can lead to either mania or depression. Maybe we are searching for an impossible dream.

A. I would say that in our life, the balance factor is important. everything that is over-rated will not be good anymore. example :
- if you're too obese, you have higher risk of having some metabolic problems; but if you're doing your strict diet too strong, then you can risk yourself of lacking some nutrition
- you are lazy enough to do some sports, you can't have your muscles built. you push yourself too hard in workout session, there's a risk of sport injury

and i will say the same in religion related to mental health. we need to be healthy not just physically, but also mentally, and spiritually. the problem is, some 'fanatic' believers -because the religion itself always teaches us how to live our life well- are exaggerating some beliefs inside the religion verses, and live it outrageously, and later it will manifest in some manic manifestation.

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The results suggest that there may be a relationship between levels of religiousness and ethnic identification as more religious participants had unexamined ethnic identities while those who were not religious had explored ethnic identities.
Defining particular aspects of Buddhist religiousness as "typical" is problematic since such definitions may narrow the range of attitudes and behaviors considered acceptable to a religion to the point where a number of members are excluded as "atypical" even when their religiousness might not necessarily be anti-social.
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The impact of religiousness, spirituality, and social support on psychological well-being among older adults in rural areas.
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In addition, knowledge of these assumptions is helpful for assessing the definitions of spirituality and religiousness from this study's sample of undergraduate Catholics.
This line of thinking, which considers the religiousness or spirituality of the client, focuses on improving the multicultural competencies of the counselor and therapeutic outcomes (Burke & Miranti, 2001).
Perhaps the most widely used (Donahue, 1985; King and Crowther, 2004) is the Religious Orientation Scale, which is based on Allport's (1950) conceptualization of intrinsic and extrinsic religiousness.
Extensive research is necessary in order to guage the degree that religion and religiousness is present in any given society.
In a study by Zeta (1989), a sample of 251 college students were asked to describe their own degree of religiousness and that of the home atmosphere in which they grew up.