Religion vs Nonbelief vs Depression and Anxiety

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Are religious people or atheists at greater risk of depression and anxiety? If there's a difference, what are the likely reasons? Most importantly, if you're depressed or anxious, whatever the cause, what can you do about it? The experience of atheists in the U.S. varies widely. Some have "come out atheist" with minimal impact, while others have been shunned, threatened, fired, or even killed. Michael Caton, MD, a Sacramento psychiatrist, will summarize what we know so far about mood disturbances among the non-religious, and what you can do if you find yourself feeling worried or down all the time.

This Meetup is not for counseling or crisis. If you or someone you know is in crisis or considering suicide, call (916)[masked] or[masked]-TALK (8255) or 1-800-SUICIDE.

Mike grew up outside Philadelphia. After a career in the Bay Area biotech industry developing new drugs, Mike went to medical school at UC San Diego and did his residency in psychiatry here at UC Davis. His research interest is delusions and neuroimaging and he sees patients at an inpatient psychiatric hospital here in Sacramento. In addition to psychiatry, Mike enjoys trail running, blogging, linguistics, and travel. He has a wife and one-year-old daughter who keep him honest.

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