Is secularism to blame for the rise in depression?

I had an intersting chat with a Psychologist this morning while cleaning his windows. He told me of many observation he had made over the years including the recent rise of depression and anxiety and a lack of Doctors able to look after people with these problems.

Most notably he mentioned that he thought that depression and psychiatric illnesses had a worse impact on persons without a consistent world view/ethical framework. I should note that this guy wasn't a Christian.

A good conversation and I still got paid 250 bucks.



Marion said... 12/06/2006 3:23 pm  

On the other hand, Mike, I went to a (non christian) shrink (yeah I know, diff from a psych) for a while who said most of his patients were Christians. His theory was that Christians had more problems with guilt, but wanted to seek help more than non-chns.

Keziah said... 12/07/2006 9:55 am  

I think there has been a change in society too. Often people would go to the church or their minister if they were troubled, anxious or depressed. Now, as we increasingly medicalise normal things like mild mood disturbances, the only support available is their doctor.

Phil Ninness said... 12/07/2006 12:52 pm  

or maybe it's the lack harpists like David?

It's interesting that the passage in I Samuel that talks about Saul's mood swings attributes it to a spiritual cause.

fional said... 12/07/2006 11:14 pm  

We all need to take our sad bodies to Christina who has taken over from David.

Shiloh said... 12/09/2006 4:23 am  

It's funny Mike, but I was thinking something very similar recently while at L'abri. I think a contributing factor to ennui is our world's focus on expereince rather than the content (and reality) of those experiences. This makes us feel a disconect with reality.

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