Religion was regarded as a symptom of mental illness. Jean Charcot and Sigmund Freud linked religion with neurosis. DSM3 portrayed faith negatively by suggesting that devout and religious experiences are examples of psychopathology. But recent research reports strongly indicate that to many sufferers, religion and spirituality are elements that help them to contend with the stresses in life, including those of their illness. Many psychiatrists now believe that religion and spirituality are crucial in the life of their patients. The significance of spirituality in mental health is now widely accepted.