Hope & Harmony Headlines: The Power of Faith
April 6, 2017 • Volume 10, Issue 14 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines
The Power of Faith
This is a pretty powerful week in the Judeo-Christian calendar. We’ve got Palm Sunday coming up this weekend, the first Seder of Passover on Monday, Good Friday a few days later, then Easter Sunday.
Maybe you see these observances merely as a chance to grab some Peeps or a box of matzoh. But religious or not, there’s something to be said for the symbolism of redemption, rebirth and salvation.
Passover commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, when the Jews were freed from bondage—only to wander through the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land. The message here: Believing that there is a better future keeps you moving forward, even when the present seems unbearable.
The story of Easter reminds us that it’s possible to start over. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ also reminds believers of God’s unconditional love—worthy simply for you are, not for anything you do.
Even people of faith don’t always find church or synagogue the most welcoming place because of stigma and ignorance. In fact, bpHope blogger Dave Wise ended up walking away from his church on an Easter Sunday.
That sent him on a journey to understand what role faith plays in his wellness and how other people can be involved in that. “What I realized is, faith did aid in my mental health recovery in the past, and it still could in the future. I just had to transform it and allow it to become something new,” he writes.
Research: Shortcut to predicting treatment response
March 20, 2017, LA JOLLA, CA—In a small study, scientists at the Salk Institute were able to predict with 92 percent accuracy whether an individual with bipolar disorder would respond to lithium. The researchers said lithium is an effective treatment for one-third of people with bipolar, but it can take as long as a year to determine if someone falls in that category or not.
The Salk team had previously discovered that neurons of people with bipolar disorder are more easily stimulated, firing electrical impulses more rapidly than the neurons of people without the disorder. The new research identifies differences in the electrical firing patterns between lithium responders and non-responders. Read more >>
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10 Ways To Cope With Bipolar Mood Swings
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