Christian culture’s stigmatization of depression
[A professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Matthew] Stanford, who studies how the Christian community deals with mental illness, said depression in Christian culture carries “a double stigmatization.”
Society still places a stigma on mental illness, but Christians make it worse, he said, by “over-spiritualizing” depression and other disorders — dismissing them as a lack of faith or a sign of weakness.
Polite Southern culture adds its own taboo against “talking about something as personal as your mental health,” noted Scoggin.
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