Religious Practice and Mental Health: a healthy association
How did religious practice get such a bad rap? Until the early part of the 1800s, psychiatry and religion were closely connected. Then things changed when Charcot and his pupil Freud associated religion with hysteria and neurosis. That was the dividing point, which has persisted until recently. Mental health professionals in the West have dismissed and attacked religious experiences, calling them irrational, outdated, and dependency forming, and viewed religious experiences to result in emotional instability.