(Durham, NC) -- A new study casts doubt on the theory that religious people are less likely to suffer major depression.
The study from Duke University shows religious people who develop depression often stop going to church.
Researchers say that would explain why there's a lower rate of depression among active church-goers.
The study finds that women who develop depression before the age of 18 are 42-percent more likely to stop attending religious services by early adulthood.
And more than half of women who developed depression in early childhood stopped attending services by their early 20s.
Researchers say they didn't find any correlation between depression and church attendance among men.
The study appears in the "American Journal of Epidemiology."
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