The staff of the Columbia University (USA) found that religious belief can physically change the human brain.
Science knows that depression — at least to some extent may be due to genes. There is much research to suggest that if one or both parents are depressed, this can increase the risk of development of the child several times.
At the same time depression, of course, is the people whose ancestors did not suffer from this disorder. So there must be some other factors for its occurrence — and the inner world of man can be one of them. According to the survey, among adults with high risk of depression in the family solid religious faith or spirituality — not to mention the visit to the Church — has had a protective effect, preventing some patients have relapse of major depressive disorder.
These data was partly based on the work of 2005, according to which religion can act as a buffer against depression among people with poor health. In addition, a study conducted in 2013 showed that those who are treated for mental disorders, respond better to treatment if they believe in God.
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In his new work, the researchers used a type of neuroimaging on the basis of MRI called diffusion-tensor imaging to reveal white matter in the brain, 99 participants with different levels of family risk of depression. White matter is a component of the Central nervous system of vertebrates and man contain the schema needed by the brain cells to communicate with each other. Previous studies have shown that the thinning of the white matter serves as a biomarker of depression in the brain, and the work of 2014 has proven that religion and spirituality are associated with thicker cortical layers in several areas of the brain responsible for depression.
New article only confirms these correlations. Thus, experts have discovered that the brains of people with high familial risk of depression but with a strong religious or spiritual beliefs, similar to the brains of participants with low family risk of the disease.
“We found that religious faith or spirituality is associated with thicker cortical layers in the bilateral parietal and occipital areas. And as we have previously reported a thinning of the cortex in these regions as stable biomarker for risk of depression, we hypothesized that thicker cortical layers in persons reporting their religious or spiritual beliefs can serve as a compensatory or protective mechanism,” conclude the authors.
No matter how interesting these links until that’s all there is scientists. They still can’t exactly say what kind of impact religion has on the white stuff, not to mention the influence of depression. This and many other studies need to be tested and further serious work.
As reported by “Around the world. Ukraine”, depression acts on the brain like dementia.