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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…

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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