Religious People Do Better In Treatment
Recent research which was published this week in the Journal of Affective Disorders says that people with a mental illness and faith in a higher power fare better in treatment than non-believers. Therefore, religious people will do significantly better in treatment than non-religious people. Morningside Recovery Center and many other centers offer various sorts of treatment.
Researchers followed patients receiving care from a hospital-based behavioral health program to investigate the relationship between patients’ level of belief in God, expectations for treatment and actual treatment outcomes.
“Belief was associated with not only improved psychological well-being, but decreases in depression and intention to self-harm,” says David H. Rosmarin, Ph.D., an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. The study looked at 159 patients, recruited over a one-year period. Each participant was asked to gauge their belief in God as well as their expectations for treatment outcome and emotion regulation, each on a five-point scale.
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