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Religious reinforcement of mental health stigma is a widespread obstacle to treatment. Understanding its principal causes—fundamentalist thinking, communal bonding, misattribution of psychopathology, traditional beliefs and healing practices, and adverse experiences with secular providers—is a prerequisite to effective mitigation. This requires a sensitive search for common ground, efforts to work within community values, attempts to address both psychiatric and spiritual concerns, and educational interventions tailored to these challenges. Addressing religious reinforcement through collaboration between providers of psychiatric and spiritual care requires further study.

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Why is it important?

Religiously based mental health stigma is widespread and interferes with access to care.

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This page is a summary of: Approaching Religiously Reinforced Mental Health Stigma: A Conceptual Framework, Psychiatric Services, September 2019, American Psychiatric Association,
DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900005.
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