On Personality Disorders, Science and Religion
Article by Robert Irwin
For many centuries the science did not have answers on many questions that today seem simple to us. The people who suffered from various personality disorders were often considered possessed by demons or they were simply ignored. The poor understanding of the medical condition led to many misunderstandings and caused the suffering of thousands of people. What does religion say about personality disorders today? Do we fully understand them using science? The picture is not as clear as one might imagine.
First of all, what is personality disorder exactly? It is a mental illness that causes abnormal personality traits and behavior. There are many different types of it and the most common ones are Borderline personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, and Schizoid personality disorder. Each of them has distinctive symptoms that include extreme moods, self-harm, paranoid thoughts, narcissistic views, and others. Recent research in the United States shows that 1.6% of the population has borderline personality disorder alone and another 1% other personality disorders. We are talking about millions of people here.
What does religion have to say about it? Us, here at Allelon, we believe that God wants us to be equally healthy. We do not believe that people are born with mental disorders because of our creator. During the development something happens, perhaps it is genetic or because of environmental factors, but what matters is that the people who suffer from illnesses should be helped.
It is undeniable, that detachment from religion has caused millions of people to suffer from mental illnesses. This is not merely a religious statement, but a scientific one as well. For many, God was the purpose of life. It was the answer to the lifelong question of what the point of life is. As a religious person who lost faith once, became an atheist and regained it once more, I understand how difficult it is to face mortality from a scientific standpoint. It is terrifying to look at the universe and think that everything is made randomly, without any purpose. I felt depressed and lots of motivation to enjoy life. Now I can imagine millions of people experiencing the same thing for the same reason.
Let’s ignore the debate about the existence of God and concentrate on our lives. What is better? Believing in God and avoid mental illnesses caused by nihilism or reject him and suffer from misery and sadness? It is not about going to the Church and doing man-made rituals because somebody told you to do. The faith is about having a purpose.
Facts were taken from – https://www.psychologium.com