Evolutionary Psychiatry

The hunt for evolutionary solutions to contemporary mental health problems.

Brains, Spirituality, and Depression

A number of heavy-hitting psychiatry journals have published articles about a lower risk of depression in people who are religious or spiritual. Could the findings have biologic underpinnings? Read More

spirituality & depression

Why does it always have to be a "scientific" explanation? I was depressed for 5 years. I'd lost my way, I couldn't see the "point of it all". In desperation I meditated, really worked at it & was part of the laity at a Buddhist community. I learned for myself that there is no point but it doesn't actually matter - my interpretation of my own understanding. Hence, along with living more naturally, no booze, drugs or promiscuous sex, & in contact with positive people who taught me loads I became no longer depressed.
Who cares if the brain reacts to meditation - it does good. People have known this for thousands of years.

Great article. I have

Great article. I have suffered with depression for most of my life, and I have no doubt I would be dead by now, were it not for my faith. I converted to Catholicism, and because depression causes isolation, I feel I have many friends in God, Mother Mary, angels and the saints. Much less depression than when I was protestant and just acquainted with church folk I didn't even really know. My faith helps me cope. It truly is a calming lifesaver. People underestimate it so much. Thanks for a great article.

A previous reader seems to

A previous reader seems to find comfort in Catholicism. I can agree that Protestantism brings more depression upon Catholicism. My Catholic friends tend to be much happier than my Protestant friends.

I think any religion or spiritual path that is non-JudeoChristian will find it most beneficial. These religions or spiritual paths tend not to have harsh laws or push guilt upon their followers.

I am a Deist that subscribes to quantum physics and metaphysics. There is no right or wrong path. You need to find what's RIGHT for you.

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Emily Deans, M.D., is a psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts.

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