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Exactly what I have been arguing. People with a mental disorder go vegan or vegetarian because it gives them an excuse to cover up and present their mental disorder in a way that makes it acceptable for society (“Oh, I am not germophobic, I just don’t like to eat dead things.”, etc).

“The analysis of the respective ages at adoption of a vegetarian diet and onset of a mental disorder showed that the adoption of the vegetarian diet tends to follow the onset of mental disorders. (…)
[O]ur results strongly corroborate the past findings in smaller samples of adolescents and young adults, which have demonstrated that in contrast to physical health, a vegetarian diet is not associated with better mental health.
(…)
 [O]ur results are more consistent with the view that the experience of a mental disorder increases the probability of choosing a vegetarian diet”

This one is also telling:

“Vegetarians displayed elevated prevalence rates for depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and somatoform disorders.”

Huh, so much for veganism supposedly making vegans feel better :\

The 12-month and lifetime prevalence rates of depressive disorders were elevated in the completely vegetarian group. Prevalence rates of the complete vegetarians are nearly 15% higher than of the non-vegetarians. Moreover, vegetarians consistently showed higher rates of anxiety disorders.

Importantly, we found no evidence for a causal role of vegetarian diet in the etiology of mental disorders. Rather, our results are more consistent with the view that the experience of a mental disorder increases the probability of choosing a vegetarian diet, or that psychological factors influence both the probability of choosing a vegetarian diet and the probability of developing a mental disorder.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3466124/

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