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Addiction

Advice About Therapy, Religion, And You

"...higher levels of belief in God were associated with greater psychological well-being," reports PsychCentral professional blog on a study about belief in God and treatment outcomes.
"Religious affiliation (eg, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish) had no impact on treatment response, and neither belief in God nor religious affiliation were correlated with the level of symptoms prior to treatment; in other words, belief in God did not “protect” against more severe psychiatric symptoms."
It was belief in God in general that showed improved treatment outcomes.

I'm not surprised.
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Addiction

Starting Over From Despair

Slavery. War. Destruction of sacred places.

According to the Jewish mystical tradition, all events in the outside world are reflections of, even responses to, our inner mental, emotional, and spiritual states.

Just as world events appear to cycle up and down, so do we. And the down-times can be launching pads for rebirth, if we know how to harness the positive energy buried deep inside.
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Depression

Traditional Wisdom & Depression

A God in Therapy post:

In our previous post, we ask: Can faith and belief prevent depression?

Today, we ask: Is it possible that faith and belief can help with existing depression?

And, is a traditional technique for helping heal depression relevant, today?

Over two hundred years ago, the great Jewish teacher and mystic, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, explained that you can't think two thoughts at the same time. He tells us that we have the power to choose our thoughts, and not be victims of them. Therefore, if you introduce a positive thought, the negative thought goes away because your brain cannot focus on both.

Psychology seems to agree. Learning how to replace negative, unhealthy thoughts
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Addiction

Got Gratitude? Thanks!

A God In Therapy Post

In our first gratitude post in awhile. we explored one of the difficulties with general gratitude. C.R., Sarah, and Lea agreed: if there's no one you're grateful to, perhaps gratitude is an emotion that can't be fully experienced.

But what about the whole gratitude journal, affirmation, thing as a whole? Does that really make people happier? Is it worth trying?
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