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

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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