The Role of Religious Counseling in Depression Treatment: A Descriptive Analysis of Islamic Contemplation Psychology

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  • Dr. Farhat Department of Humanities, COMSATS University Islamabad
  • Musferah Mehfooz Assistant Professor, COMSATS University, Lahore Campus

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https://doi.org/10.36755/iqan.143.2021-pp:37-46

Abstract

Like various other mental diseases, depression prevails throughout the world and is increasing rapidly among all genders, classes and ages. Besides psychiatric treatment and counseling, religious and spiritual factors have a part to play in its treatment. Researchers have found that religion is an important element in the daily lives of the clients; hence it should be included during counseling. This research has been done with the purpose of identifying different aspects of the Islamic perspective with regard to counseling. This research also seeks to analyze the Islamic perspective when it is applied in terms of counseling. This article will discuss how religious life, in particular Islamic lifestyle, affects the physical and emotional well-being of an individual dealing with the mental disorder of depression. Our research is based on the descriptive methodology of discussion regarding Islamic belief system, morality and worship as a means of addressing and treating depression. Literature review and methodology demonstrate that individuals who are practising religion have a stronger sense of wellbeing. They are also able to manage their marriages and families in a more stable manner. People who are strong in their faith are likely to have healthy habits, have less trouble coping with stress, and may not struggle with depression as much as others. They also have healthy immune systems and low levels of diastolic blood pressure, so are less likely to be hospitalized and have healthy lifestyles. Religious practices and faith play an important role in people’s lives that are full of difficult emotional and physical problems. Conclusions along with recommendations have been provided on how health benefits can be achieved through faith for one’s own self or for a loved one who is ill, for all individuals, whether religious or otherwise.

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Published

2021-12-28

How to Cite

Nisar, D. F. ., & Mehfooz, M. (2021). The Role of Religious Counseling in Depression Treatment: A Descriptive Analysis of Islamic Contemplation Psychology. ĪQĀN, 4(01), 37–46. https://doi.org/10.36755/iqan.143.2021-pp:37-46

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