Prayer: A Helpful Aid in Recovery from Depression.

Author: Johnson KA1
1Department of Medical Humanities, Drew University, Madison, NJ, USA.
Conference/Journal: J Relig Health.
Date published: 2018 Jan 30
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1007/s10943-018-0564-8. [Epub ahead of print] , Word Count: 199

Depression is a growing issue within the field of medicine. It negatively impacts individuals' lives and the people they are most connected to. For decades, medical professionals have been searching for solutions to assist those who are suffering from this illness. The use of drugs has not been a sufficient means of treatment to alleviate depression and its symptoms. There is a dire need to expand therapeutic interventions that can attribute meaningful recovery for victims of depression. One means of positive treatment is the use of prayer. Prayer, one of the most ancient forms of meditation, aligns and relaxes the mental state of the mind. The uses of drugs are limited by physiological focus, but prayer is a mechanism that brings human beings into a unique state of oneness. Oneness comprises the holistic nature of a human being and asserts the triad of well-being: mind, body, and spirit. As the emergence of humanities and holism continues in medicine, centering/meditative prayer and similar practices like mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can be useful therapeutic interventions specifically for major depressed patients.

KEYWORDS: Buddhism and prayer; Depression; MBCT; Meditation; Mindfulness; Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy; Prayer; Prayer and depression

PMID: 29383592 DOI: 10.1007/s10943-018-0564-8