158. Benefits of Spirituality Affirmed

A recent University of Missouri study highlighting the positive role of spirituality in recovering from physical and mental health conditions reaffirms what previous NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) surveys have revealed.

Forty percent of respondents living with depression reported that spirituality was a primary aspect in their recovery. As health care providers, families, individuals and faith leaders continue to recognize the positive role of faith in recovery, they can better meet their own needs and the needs of their family members, patients, and faith communities.

In my own experience, I found that I first had to reach stability through medication to bring me into the realm of adequate functioning. Faith did not do much for me in crisis. Then I involved myself in counseling and psychotherapy to get at the causes of my depression – and greater stability emerged. Finally, I drew on my faith and the grace of God to bring me over the top to triumph over depression. That was the sequence that worked for me – body, soul*, and spirit – and in that order.

*Soul is what we call our self or our personality. It is made up of our mind, emotions, and will.


About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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