How can I get over mental and emotional abuse? It's affecting all relationships and increases my insecurities?


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  • Therapy. It sounds cheesy, but if you find the right one, it'll definitely help. This may also not be the advice you'd like, but church helps. If you find a good one, it really does help to have something and people to engage with that are in similar situations. There are so many studies that describe the correlation between spirituality and mental health. I could link so many if you want.

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    • In one meta-analytic review from 2002, researchers looked at over 147 independent investigations that questioned over 98,000 subjects. They were seeking to determine if a person’s amount of religiousness had any effect on depression or depressive symptoms. Their ultimate conclusion showed a small but promising association between the two. The more religious a person was, the fewer depressive symptoms they experienced. Furthermore, they found that this inverse relationship between religiousness and depressive symptoms might be stronger during high-stress times. This phenomenon is known as the buffer effect.

      In another review of scientific literature from 2008, researchers reviewed 115 articles to determine the relationship between religiousness or spirituality and adolescent substance use, anxiety, depression, delinquency, and suicidality. They were able to determine that 92% of the articles demonstrated a significant relationship between religiousness and improved mental health.

    • More recently, the Journal of Aging and Health published a study in 2009 that examined church attendance and marital status in relation to mood among older adults. In this study, 791 older adults were followed for 8 years. Researchers concluded that church attendance exhibited a protective effect with respect to the health of the older adults. It was further theorized that having a sense of purpose could explain this protective effect.

      Finally in 2012, the American Journal of Psychiatry published the results of a longitudinal study that also sought to establish the relationship between religiousness and the onset and course of major depression. This study was significant for a couple of reasons. First, the study was not conducted on depressed or no-depressed individuals themselves, but rather on their offspring (a person who has a parent with depression is considered at high-risk for also developing the disease). Second, the average age of the subjects in this study was 29 years.

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