New study: belief in God can significantly improve mental health outcomes

From Psych Central. (H/T Rob P.)


A new study suggests belief in God may significantly improve the outcome of those receiving short-term treatment for psychiatric illness.

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.

In the study, published in the current issue of Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers comment 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.

“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.

Levels of depression, well-being, and self-harm were assessed at the beginning and end of their treatment program.

Obviously, the issue of God’s existence is a matter to be decide based on what is true and false, but this kind of story might help us to get motivated for persuasion.

2 thoughts on “New study: belief in God can significantly improve mental health outcomes”

  1. This makes perfect sense: a mind is healthier when it is aligned with truth which corresponds to the reality of ontology, cosmology (Kalam, etc), design, and morality and when it rejects the post-modern fairy tales of relativism, pagan origins (“the universe created itself,” “life began when lightning struck mud,” etc), politically correct elitism, and absurdism (“I can’t know anything, really”). That the Biblical God answers in His very first verse (Genesis 1:1) that very question (“why is there something rather than nothing?”) which no atheist can ever satisfactorily address without resorting to intellectual gymnastics and pagan rituals, must be particularly infuriating for the unbeliever. Deep down, our hearts and souls search for answers to basic and fundamental questions, and the religion of atheism is so superficially lacking in its response (“I don’t know if there is a God or not, but I HATE Christians!”) that the bruised and aching soul has no choice but to corrupt the mind.


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