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'Spiritual, Not Religious' People More Likely to Have Physical, Psychological Problems

  • Religion Today
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  • 2013 Jan 14
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British researchers say people who say they are "spiritual but not religious" are more likely to have a wide range of physical and psychological problems, WORLD News Service reports. Professor Michael King of University College London surveyed more than 7,400 people and divided them into categories. 35 percent described themselves as "religious," 46 percent described themselves as "neither religious nor spiritual," and 19 percent were in the "spiritual but not religious" category. According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, "Members of this final group were 77 percent more likely than the others to be dependent on drugs, 72 percent more likely to suffer from a phobia, and 50 percent more likely to have an anxiety disorder. They were also 40 percent more likely to be receiving treatment with psychotropic drugs, and at a 37 per cent higher risk of neurotic disorder."