Is there a God? Does life have a purpose?
These are big questions – and if we’re prepared to tackle them, we’ll
be less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, and be better able
to cope with our emotions. People who avoid the issues raised by religion
and philosophy are likely to suffer from worse depression and anxiety, say
researchers from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
They surveyed 307 people about their recent life experiences and found that
those who wouldn’t engage in the big questions of life suffered “more intense”
bouts of depression and anxiety.
“People seem to be more emotionally healthy if they’re able to accept troubling
insights. Looking at spiritual doubts in an objective way seems to help. You may
or may not work through them, but you can at least tolerate having them”, said
lead researcher Julie Exline. Also, ignoring the big questions could be symptomatic
of a more general problem of avoidance and escapism, which can be harmful or
self-defeating when trying to achieve personal goals.
From ‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ March 2017 page 14