Spirituality May Be Underused Tool in Treating Mental Illness
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New research suggests spirituality may offer benefits for people with mental health issues, but people may encounter barriers when reaching out for this help.
Investigators from the University of Southern California School of Social Work discovered that spirituality is often an underused resource in urban communities.
To resolve this shortcoming, and to cultivate spiritual resources that might have therapeutic value, associate professor Dr. Ann Marie Yamada worked with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LAC-DMH) to design and test a new spirituality-based treatment program.
“Stigma prevents many individuals experiencing schizophrenia or bipolar disorders from seeking spiritual or religious support from a faith-based community organization. It is difficult for some people to find a community where they feel comfortable and accepted,” said Yamada, co-author of the study with Dr. Andew Subica of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside.
“These concerns may not be shared with mental health providers as they may perceive spiritual needs are not appropriate to discuss.”
This stigma creates a gap when patients are unable to find spiritual support from either a health care provider or religious community.
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