Navigation Links
Faith May Complement Treatment for Mental Illness
Date:4/25/2013

THURSDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) -- A belief in God may boost the effectiveness of short-term treatment for mental illness, according to a small new study.

The study included 159 psychiatric patients whose levels of depression, well-being and self-harm were assessed at the start and end of the study. The patients also were asked about their belief in God.

Patients with higher levels of belief in God were twice as likely to respond to treatment as those with no or little belief in God. Even among the more than 30 percent of patients who said they had no specific religious affiliation, those who had a moderate or high belief in God had a better response to treatment than those with little or no belief.

The study appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders.

"Our work suggests that people with a moderate to high level of belief in a higher power do significantly better in short-term psychiatric treatment than those without, regardless of their religious affiliation," study author David Rosmarin, a clinician at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., and an instructor in the psychiatry department at Harvard Medical School, said in a hospital news release. "Belief was associated with not only improved psychological well-being, but decreases in depression and intention to self-harm."

A strong belief in God may boost patients' conviction that treatment will help them and their expectations of success, the researchers suggested.

Although the study found an association between belief in God and increased response to psychiatric treatment, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

"Given the prevalence of religious belief in the United States -- more than 90 percent of the population -- these findings are important in that they highlight the clinical implications of spiritual life," Rosmarin said. "I hope that this work will lead to larger studies and increased funding in order to help as many people as possible."

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about spirituality and health.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: McLean Hospital, news release, April 25, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Many Parents of Kids With Autism Dont Put Faith in Pediatricians
2. Keeping the faith through souvenirs
3. Faith4Kidz on Mission to Reawaken Faith in God and Integrity to Decrease Retaliation Responses.
4. AFTS Labs Partners With Physicians To Complement NY's Mandated I-STOP Tracking System For Pain Pill Prescriptions: A Recipe For A Safer Community
5. Complementary and alternative therapy improved lives of arthritis patients
6. Complementary and alternative medicine studied in Swedish surgical care
7. PMD Healthcare Announces how Spiro PD Personal Spirometer Supports New Year’s Resolution to Exercise and Lose Weight, Complementing ACAAI Recommendations
8. Complementary and alternative medicine studies take center stage at EuroHeart Care
9. Scientist awarded $1 million grant to develop tools for hepatitis C treatment discovery
10. Clinical insight improves treatment with new lung cancer drug
11. Rapid Asthma Treatment in ER May Prevent Admission
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Faith May Complement Treatment for Mental Illness 
(Date:7/28/2017)... ... ... The DuPage County law firm of Mirabella Kincaid Frederick & Mirabella, ... Cusack joins the team ready to provide clients with vigorous representation in a number ... Illinois, with a BA in Social Work. She earned her JD from Western Michigan ...
(Date:7/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Gocella Insurance Agency, a Cheektowaga based partnership ... in and around the greater Buffalo metropolitan area, is announcing the firm’s 25th ... The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an internationally recognized nonprofit that works to improve the ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... Denville, NJ (PRWEB) , ... July 27, 2017 ... ... now a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID). After ... one of the nation’s leading providers of dental implants . Dr. Kimowitz ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... Viejo, CA (PRWEB) , ... July 27, 2017 , ... ... Cut Pro X . This Final Cut Pro X exclusive features transitions that contain ... and add rotation to the transition using intuitive drop-down menus. TransPanel Volume 4 makes ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... ... July 27, 2017 , ... ... announces the internal promotion of Elrene Clinkscales to Vice President of Revenue Cycle ... Remittance Management, reporting to Derek Morkel, chief executive officer (CEO). , Elrene has ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/24/2017)... ARMONK, N.Y. , July 24, 2017 IBM ... in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays (SSA) for ... According to Gartner, "Vendors in the ... Execute and Completeness of Vision. A vendor in the Leaders ... capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. These ...
(Date:7/21/2017)...  Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) ... its manufacturing network, the Company will be ceasing operations ... Huntsville, Alabama . The closure of the ... 12 to 18 months. The Huntsville ... commoditized products and these restructuring actions are intended to ...
(Date:7/17/2017)... 17, 2017  MedX Holdings, Inc., the manufacturer and ... and rehabilitation equipment, today announced the national roll out ... considered the gold standard for the treatment of low ... strengthening equipment. How ... physician or practice who prescribe the MedX Home Back ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: