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Can Faith in God Help Alleviate Depression?

Faith in God

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  • A recent study looking at the relationship between faith and effectiveness of treatment for depression found that those whose belief in God was stronger, regardless of the god or religious affiliation (including non-affiliation), were twice as likely to respond well to the treatment and experiencing better outcomes
  • Recent research suggests that certain types of depressive thinking can “go viral,” spreading to others living in close proximity. While “hopelessness” was not contagious, “ruminating” was
  • Along with a slowly increasing understanding of the role of spiritual faith can have in your physical and mental health, energy psychology is also slowly but surely gaining greater acceptance
  • In one study of 100 veterans with severe PTSD, after just six one-hour EFT sessions, 90 percent of the veterans had such a reduction in symptoms that they no longer met the clinical criteria for PTSD

By Dr. Mercola

Can faith in a higher power help you overcome mental illness, the most common of which is depression? To find out, researchers at McLean hospital, a psychiatric institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, asked 159 patients with prominent symptoms of depression how strongly they believed in a god.

They also asked how credible the patients thought their treatment was, and how effective they believed it would be in relieving their symptoms. The patients' symptoms were assessed when admitted, and again upon release from the program.


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