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Can faith help me cope with my mood disorder?

Those receiving diagnoses of depression, dysthymia or bipolar disorder often find comfort and strength in faith. Faith helps you connect to a power larger than yourself, so that you can rely on energy you may not have within you at this point. Through organized religious services, you can learn meaningful lessons, attend stimulating activities and make social connections. Faith also provides a hope and optimism hard to find in any other resource.

Trying to treat your condition with faith alone, however, is likely to fail. You can look at the progress medical professionals have made in the past years in the field of mental illness as gifts from God. The blessings of medication, psychotherapy and support groups have enabled those who may have been hospitalized in another era to have engaging careers and stable, supportive family lives.

If you're searching for spiritual or religious grounding, discover what gives you strength and joy and hold onto it. Spiritual discovery is a personal journey, including worship, prayer, meditation, ritual, journal writing, reading inspirational books, volunteering and many other forms of contemplating meaning.

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