261. Religion and Depression

three-legged stool

In 2009, Duke University conducted research on the relationship between religion and depression, suicide, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse. Of 724 published studies, more than half found that religious beliefs had a statistically significant positive impact on mental health. Of 93 observational studies, two-thirds found that more-religious people had significantly lower rates of depression or fewer depressive symptoms. And among eight randomized clinical trials, people who participated in religious-based psychological interventions had faster symptom improvement than those in secular-based therapy or a control group.

Can spirituality help you? I have said in many blogs and in my book Too Late in the Afternoon: One Man’s Triumph Over Depression that  triumphing over depression is a three-legged stool: medicine for the body, psychotherapy for the soul (that is, the mind, will, and emotions), and religion for the spirit. The only one of these that is not essential in all cases is medicine for the body; the other two cannot be ignored for long-term escape from the ravages of depression.

We’ll look at what you can do spiritually in Friday’s blog.

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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