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Reference PaulyM 2013 June 12 Spirituality and mental health Looking for the link Retrieved from httpnewsmedillnorthwesterneduchicagonewsaspxid223076This paper discusses the connection between spirituality and mental health Some of the questions addressed are whether spirituality has a positive effect on the outcome of patients with psychiatric illnesses There was also a study we will discuss further on conducted on psychiatric patients that gauged their beliefs in a higher power as well as their expectations for their prognosis over a 1 year period So the question of the hour is does spirituality actually play a vital role in mental health And does the belief in a higher power improve treatment outcomes in psychiatric patients The researches were looking for any sign of improved treatment outcomes in psychiatric care when patients acknowledged the presence of a higher power The article shared a story of a Chicago attorney Steve Moores son who committed suicide The article continued discussing the psychology of hope and how some people view suicide as a way out and when there isnt any more hope Kal Kaplan is a suicidologist and has written many articles on suicide prevention and spiritual narratives This all manifested an interest in the idea of hope and the belief in a higher power may actually improve ones treatment outcomes in psychiatric care Karen Kalleil is a Chicago family therapist and shared an interesting statement Most people want to talk about how to get better whether thats through prayer or meditation or just getting outside and feeling a sense of the universe around them Kalleil said If they have a religious bed whatever that is Judaism Islam Christianity Hinduism I really encourage them to lean on their faith So it is apparent that people are realizing that there is an incredibly powerful link between spirituality and mental health Since weve heard that spirituality plays a vital role in certain hospital floors where most patients arent suffering from mental illnesses
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