Religiosity is associated with resistance to depression

A study from a couple years ago found that people who say that religion is very important to them have a lower risk of depression: Religiosity and major depression in adults at high risk: a ten-year prospective study.

The effect was not small either; the risk of depression in those who highly valued religion and who had no family history of depression was about 25% the risk of the non-religious. In those with a family history of depression, the risk was only 10% of the non-religious…