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  • Lacking belief in God linked to depression

    University of Toronto psychologists reported last year that “believing in God can help block anxiety and minimize stress,” their research showcasing “distinct brain differences” between believers and nonbelievers.

    A new study released Wednesday by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago took the idea a step further.

    In patients diagnosed with clinical depression, “belief in a concerned God can improve response to medical treatment,” said the new research, which has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

    The operative term here is “caring,” the researchers said. “The study found that those with strong beliefs in a personal and concerned God were more likely to experience an improvement.”
    Source: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news...eves-depressi/

    This dates back to 2010. I feel this is something that people realized long before this but are only putting the pieces together on paper.

    What are your thoughts on this?

  • #2
    I'm not sure about this but there are still many theists who are also depressed. I think depression is more tied to a person's traumatic experiences and toxic childhood.

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    • #3
      Maybe it's true, maybe it's a coincidence. Although it would make sense as having faith seems like something that would keep depression away.
      Interesting study for sure, I'd like to see more of it.

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      • #4
        Depression is more of pathological diseases than psychological one. People with everything going in life for them seem to fall prey to depression.

        On otherhand, FAITH in God or in something else for that matter, gives you mental strength. People with purpose and belief may cop better with anxiety, fear, uncertainty. While people with uncertain, unpredictable future & people in chaotic careers may be more prone to be depressed.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hugo View Post
          On otherhand, FAITH in God or in something else for that matter, gives you mental strength. People with purpose and belief may cop better with anxiety, fear, uncertainty. While people with uncertain, unpredictable future & people in chaotic careers may be more prone to be depressed.
          I was coming into this discussion initially to disagree with the topic, but the way you've put it really does make sense.
          Even if someone's faith is in the wrong thing, if it has these positive effects then it has worked.

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          • #6
            I feel like having faith in something outside of one's self is a means to put a focus on something greater than yourself. When you are depressed, the main focus is turned on you. Depression can be the result of many things but I know what helps most people and that is thinking of themselves less.

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            • #7
              I can speak from my own experience here.
              Having lived most of my life as an atheist, finding faith in God has helped me become more focused, mature, centered, happier, and many other great effects. It has turned my life around and I'm sure it could do the same for anyone.

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              • #8
                I know for me, having a belief in God has served me as a means to truly want to live life and give back when I can. I love helping people and while I don't get the opportunity to do it all the time when I do, it feels amazing and I feel that is a part of God that is in my heart.

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                • #9
                  An older gentleman once told me "It takes more balls and ignorance to walk around in this world without a God than it does with one."

                  When I asked him what he meant, he simply said: "If you have no moral compass, you are more likely to end up where you don't want to be."

                  I think he is right. Even if no one around you has a belief in a higher power, you having it is beneficial for your own mental and emotional health.

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