Improves Our Response to Depression
Research already suggests that belief in God can help protect against the symptoms of depression. Prayer before sleep can improve our response to depression. A study at Rush University Medical Center found that patients who were diagnosed with clinical depression responded better to medical treatment when they believed in God. They tested 136 adults diagnosed with major depression and bipolar depression and didn’t completely foresee these results. "In our study, the positive response to medication had little to do with the feeling of hope that typically accompanies spiritual belief," said Patricia Murphy, PhD, a chaplain at Rush and an assistant professor of religion, health and human values at Rush University. "It was tied specifically to the belief that a Supreme Being cared." (Rush.edu). When we believe in a God who cares about us so deeply, it reflects in the way we deal with depression. We know we are cared and loved by Him.