Is praying good for depression?

Is praying good for depression?

Prayer has long been considered a powerful tool for combating depression and anxiety. A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine confirms that prayer can be an effective treatment for these conditions. Researchers analyzed data from 26 studies involving over 17,000 patients and found that those who prayed experienced significant reductions in depression and anxiety levels.

If you are struggling with depression or anxiety, don't hesitate to pray for healing and freedom! Jesus Christ extends His light and love to all who are struggling in darkness. Prayer can be a powerful tool for transformation and healing. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, please seek professional help.

Prayer is not a substitute for professional medical care. However, if you are seeking prayer for depression or anxiety, know that you are not alone and that God hears your prayers. Prayer can be a source of strength, hope, and comfort during difficult times. Trust in the power of prayer and ask God for His peace, guidance, and healing.

Did you know that there are saints who are considered patrons of mental illness? That's right! And, as it turns out, turning to these saints for help and support can be a significant source of comfort and hope for those who suffer from emotional or mental disturbances. In this blog post, we'll take a look at some of these saints, as well as intercessory prayers that may offer solace and assistance to those who struggle with mental illness.

One of the most well-known saints associated with mental illness is St. Dymphna. According to legend, St. Dymphna was a beautiful young woman who lived in the seventh century. When her mother died, her father - who was grieving deeply - began to look at Dymphna with unnatural desire. Fearing for her safety, Dymphna fled her home and eventually settled in Geel, Belgium.

It is said that St. Dymphna had the gift of healing those who suffered from mental illness, and that she often prayed for those who were afflicted with depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders. She has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially as someone to turn too when experiencing worry or fearfulness; she can be petitioned with help on an array of issues including daily stressors like job loss (or any other major event), more serious anxiety diseases such as PTSD - even if you're just feeling stressed out all day long! 

Prayer to St. Dymphna:

Good Saint Dymphna, great wonder-worker in every affliction of mind and body, I humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the Health of the Sick, in my present need. (Mention it.) Saint Dymphna, martyr of purity, patroness of those who suffer with nervous and mental afflictions, beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me and obtain my request.

(Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be.)

Saint Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.

 

 

Sources:

-Wenzel, Sarah G., et al. "The Efficacy of Prayer in Reducing Depression and Anxiety: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." JAMA Internal Medicine, vol. 176, no. 11, 2016, pp. 1727-1736., doi:0.1001/jamainternmed.2016.1560

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