Print Edition: Feb. 22, 2015
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Patients using prayer to fight back against depression rated the practice highly helpful.
BY The Editors
According to the National Alliance on
Mental Illness, major depression affects around 5% to 8% of the adult
population. That’s a lot of Americans walking around with an interior wound —
around 15 million, to put a ballpark figure on it. The organization’s home page
explains the condition this way: “Unlike normal emotional experiences of
sadness, loss or passing mood states, major depression is persistent and can
significantly interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, activity
and physical health.” The good news for Catholics: A new poll from the alliance
shows that patients using prayer to fight back against depression rated the
practice highly helpful. And then there’s Christ’s forward-looking promise in
the beatitudes: “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” No
small consolation, that.
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