Rx Spirituality: Bible a prescription for depression

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“This is not a fringe thing,” Dr Lisa J. Miller of ColumbiaUniversity recently told ABC News, “If a person’s spirituality is supported, it can be a robust form of resilience…I come to this as a scientist. Our nature is biologically and inherently spiritual.”

ABC News goes on to report that recent studies by Miller and others, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Psychiatry, show that spirituality can protect a person from depression, even if they have high risk for the disorder.

In telling a friend of mine about this research she remarked, “Yes, it’s true.”

She went on to share, “I had a wonderful husband, two precious children, a warm, comfortable home – yet I just seemed to lack the will to live.  Throughout my life I had had this recurring thought that I never asked to be here (i.e., to live) so I sometimes felt that I had the right to not want to live.

One night feeling very depressed (and knowing rationally that I had no reason to be), I called my mom. I remember she quoted the following Bible passage to me with the assurance that it was a promise direct from God.

“He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children” Psalm 113:9 (friend’s italics).

It resonated with me because I’ve always used the Bible to nurture my spirituality. It’s been more than 15 years since and that was the last time I ever felt that way. I would consider myself a very joyful person.”

Thank-you Dr. Miller for highlighting the importance of supporting our spirituality as a path to a healthy, happy life.

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