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Caring God heals.

Belief that there is a caring Supreme Being resulted in more favourable outcomes for patients treated for major depression and bipolar depression.

136 patients were assessed on 3 separate standard scales – the Beck Depression Inventory, the Beck Hopelessness Scale, and the Religious Well-Being Scale.

Participants who scored in the top third of the Religious Well-Being Scale were 75-percent more likely to get better with medical treatment for clinical depression than those in the bottom third.

Testing for degree of hopefulness showed no link to to improved outcome.

The improvement was tied specifically to the belief that a Supreme Being cared.

The study, reported in the Journal of Clinical Psycholoy, was carried out by Dr Patricia Murphy and Dr George Fitchett, both chaplains at Rush University.

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February 24, 2010 - Posted by | Depression, George Fitchett, Health, Patricia Murphy, Positive Psychology, Religion

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