Spirtuality Spurs Recovery From Depression

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2006 I U.S. Newswire

The following was released by the National Institute for Healthcare Research: “A recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry identified this other often overlooked resource patients draw upon to help fend off depression – a deep religious commitment – that significantly reduced recovery times. This study focused on 85 patients hospitalized with serious medical illness who also became depressed. Among their battery of tests, patients took the Hoge Intrinsic Religiousness Scale which measures how deeply a person has internalized their religious values and faith. Surprisingly, patients recovered from their depression 70 percent faster for every 10-point increase on the Hoge scale, which ranged from 10 to 50. This link held even when taking into account other factors that could speed up recovery including improving physical health…”

It’s Been a Busy Week

How has your week been? I hope it has been a good one as you continue to
read the Depressed Anonymous Literature and apply it to your everyday
life. I read something every morning –especially Higher Thoughts for Down
Days–and use the daily reflection on how the daily thought applies to my
own efforts at recovery. All in all I find that with a daily meditation
and reflection life appears more hopeful. I find this works for me. It’s a
plan that has positive results.

We (DA Group) are planning to get together after our weekly DA meeting and
discuss one of our week’s Higher Thoughts–one that we find especially
applicable to each of our own lives. Each person will be able then to
submit this to our BLOG–right here — and this can motivate others to
write and share their own thoughts as well.

What do you think? Or you also can just write and tell us how your week is
going/went. You might just like to pose a question to the BLOG group and
find what others are thinking and how the Steps work for them. Or, you can
just read the BLOGS as they appear on our website. Just know that we
welcome you whenever you want to write.
Hugh

Higher Thoughts

AFFIRMATION
I will affirm myself by getting in touch with my feelings and expressing
them.

“To know how to behave you have to rely on other people’s opinions, and so
you live under the tyrannies of ‘they.’ What will ‘they’ think? is the
thing that accompanies every action and determines every decision.”

DECISION

I am so accustomed to living my life on the basis of others feelings
thoughts, and decisions about myself that in the end I feel de-selfed.
I feel empty and horribly alone; I feel saddened over the loss of my
identity as a person.
Now, I feel hopeful as I see that one of my best ways to defend my
sense of nothingness is to seek out the presence of this force
bigger than myself and be willing today–just for today, to let it
work its power in my life. My identity as a person is going to grow
slowly and spiritually.
Even depressed, it’s hard to make up my mind. Just knowing that
this is part of my depression makes it less painful as I still make
a mental decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of
God, as I understand him.

MEDITATION

Our God is consciousness and is knowledgeable of everything in the
universe. Our God is at the center of our lives, replacing the
sadness around which our world revolved. The more conscious we are
of God working in our minds and thoughts, the more we are going to
feel like someone we can love. (Personal comments).

Let’s hear from you today.

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