"Some research has suggested that religious people may have a buffer against major depression -- but new findings cast some doubt on that.See abstract of research here.
Researchers said people who develop depression might be more likely to stop going to services, which could explain why those who regularly go to religious services have lower rates of depression than the less-devout.
The new study found evidence of just that.
Among 2,100 Americans followed from birth to about middle-age, women who had developed depression early in life -- before age 18 -- were more likely than others to stop going to religious services by their early 20s.
Among men, there was no link between depression and churchgoing habits."
Reuters.com, Feb 28, 2012
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