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When God Is Not Enough: Religious States Have Highest Rates of Anti-Depressant Use

They say that religion is the opiate of the masses, but it seems that the opiates of the religious are antidepressants.

A study released yesterday confirmed that Mississippi remains the most religious state in the Union, followed by a handful of its southern belt brothers: Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, as well as the Mormon stronghold of Utah. The Gallup poll showed that 58 percent of all Mississippians identify as “very religious.” The least religious states in the U.S. are the former stomping grounds of the very, very religious Puritans: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

But life in these highly faithful states doesn’t seem to be all its cracked up to be. The most religious states in the U.S. share another trait: the highest use of anti-depressants.

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I think there is a relationship you are overlooking

Religious people re conditioned to "turn things over" and value "faith." Modern psychiatry plays on these traits. You ever heard the joke about God wandering around Heaven in a lab coat with a stethoscope around His neck? Yeah, seems He thinks He's a doctor... That joke jabs at a truth, a lot of people go to their doctor with a faith like that of religion. The most sacred thing after "God's Word" is "Doctor's Orders."

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

So stating facts is now religion bashing?? That's a good one!

Maybe they are too poor,fat, and depressed **because** of religion.

When you place fairy-tales above FACTS you'll get these side-effects.

How can YOU not see that?

Also, The most religious states are also the most OBESE.

IMO, Our brains are pretty much biological computers and being religious is like running an outdated operating system on it.

People have the right to believe what they want to believe but there are side effects to being religious.

Look no further than the USDA

Look no further than the USDA for the obesity problem.

Our biological computers are wired for survival, not for truth.

Why would an omnipotent God

Why would an omnipotent God create humans to ulimately require medication synthesized by man? Seems like God would be more skilled than this.

Screwed up the plants, too.

Made "weeds" that are not "Round up Ready."
Ever looked into "weeds?" And I don't mean just pot and hemp. I mean, for instance, dandelions. Everyone hates them. Got to kill them. What would the neighbors think!?
Well, check this out, from a University Medical Center, mind you:
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/dandelion-000236.htm

What else do we hate? Thistles? Got to hate thistles... This one is on our local "noxious weed" list:
http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/invasiveweeds/canda%20thistle.htm

I could go on and on about God's "mistakes."

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

Hey!

Very interesting info that I didn't know! Thanks!