Keeping the Faith

Feeling down? Have some faith. Believing in God may help patients recover from psychiatric illness, according to a new study conducted by the team at Mclean Hospital, one of the nation’s top mental health facilities.

Researchers at the Harvard University-affiliated hospital conducted a study of 159 patients receiving treatment for a variety of mental illnesses and found that those who relied and on and were actively engaged in faith-based practices, and described themselves as moderately to highly religious, recovered more quickly and reported a greater sense of well-being during treatment. By the way, those outcomes were associated with patients of a variety of religious affiliations. The researchers say their study suggests that there really is a psychic benefit to leading some kind of spiritual life, which is good news for the 90 percent of Americans who identify themselves as having some kind of relationship with a higher power.