I began having symptoms of depression around puberty (unprovoked feelings of utter hopelessness, worthlessness, overwhelming guilt, panic attacks). I think religion is based so much on building a sense of guilt, and the selfish desire to not feel that way, that the combination of my chemical imbalance and the pressures of the church finally became too much for me. I stopped participating in religion after 18 years, sought psychiatric help, and only since then have I begun to understand morality and had the ability to form logical opinions. Religion set my self-discovery back 18 years.
- How did religion negatively effect you?
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Religion can cause harm
Guilt. The wrong kind of pressure to be a certain way. Unsatisfactory reasons given.