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The authors of this report appraise the functions of religion in mentally disturbed and healthy individuals from the perspective of psychoanalytic theory and practice. The characteristic uses of religion in the various types of psychopathology are described systematically with the use of illustrative case material. Of special note is the emphasis on increased interest in religion as a reaction to depression. Not only may increased preoccupation with religion in a patient alert the physician to the possibility of depression, but also religious interests may serve a healthy integrative function at a time of crisis or disability.
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The Psychic Function of Religion in Mental Illness and Health.. Ann Intern Med. ;69:175. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-1-175_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(1):175.
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