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religion

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.
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religion

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.
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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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In fact religious affairs in Typee were at a very low ebb: all such matters sat very lightly upon the thoughtless inhabitants; and, in the celebration of many of their strange rites, they appeared merely to seek a sort of childish amusement.
For my own part, although hardly a day passed while I remained upon the island that I did not witness some religious ceremony or other, it was very much like seeing a panel of 'Freemasons' making secret signs to each other; I saw everything, but could comprehend nothing.
I drew near to inspect more closely this strange object of idolatry, but halted reverently at the distance of two or three paces, out of regard to the religious prejudices of my valet.
They are sunk in religious sloth, and require a spiritual revival.
Universal suffrage, which finds such favor in the sight of those persons who belong to the constitutional opposition, as it is called, was a capital institution in the Church, because (as you yourself have just pointed out, dear pastor) the individuals of whom the Church was composed were all well educated, disciplined by religious feeling, thoroughly imbued with the spirit of the same system, well aware of what they wanted and whither they were going.
The changes in the forms and principles of religious worship were introduced and regulated in England by the hand of public authority.
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