[Religiosity and Mental Health]

Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2016 Dec;141(25):1863-1867. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-109665. Epub 2016 Dec 14.
[Article in German]


Since 1978, two systematic evidence-based reviews of the available data on religiosity and mental health in the field of psychiatry have been done. More than 70 % found a relationship between level of religious/spiritual involvement and less mental disorder (positive), some found mixed results (positive and negative), and only about 5 % reported more mental disorder (negative), as was originally suggested by Sigmund Freud. There is good evidence that religious involvement is correlated with better mental health in the areas of depression, substance abuse, and suicide; some evidence in stress-related disorders and dementia; insufficient evidence in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and no data in many other mental disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Health*
  • Religion and Psychology*
  • Spirituality*