A new study suggests that those who simply pray or meditate are more likely to keep depression at bay, compared to the people who frequently visit church and offer religious services. The new research led by Temple University researchers has revealed that a person's religiousness - also called religiosity - can offer insight into their risk for depression. In the study involving 918 participants, lead researcher Joanna Maselko, Sc.D., characterized the religiosity in three domains. Religious service attendance, which refers to being involved with a church; religious well-being, which refers to the quality of a person's relationship with a higher power; and existential well-being, which refers to a person's sense of meaning and their purpose in life. They found that those who attended religious services were 30 percent less likely to have had depression in their lifetime. Maselko said that involvement in the church provides the opportunity for community interaction, which could help forge attachments to others, an important factor in preventing depression. On the other hand, those who had high levels of existential well-being were 70 percent less likely to have had depression than those who had low levels of existential well-being. The group with higher levels of religious well-being were 1.5 times more likely to have had depression than those with lower levels of religious well-being. "People with high levels of existential well-being tend to have a good base, which makes them very centred emotionally," said Maselko. "People who don't have those things are at greater risk for depression, and those same people might also turn to religion to cope." She said that those with higher levels of existential-well being have a strong sense of their place in the world. The study is published on-line this month in Psychological Medicine.Source: ANIRAS << Scientists Identify How Binge Drinking can Batter Your Bone... 'Placebo Treatments' Under the Scanner in the US >> Recommended Reading Depression Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting approximately 340 million people in the world. No one is immune from depression - it occurs in people of all social classes, all countries and all cultural settings. READ MORE Adolescent Depression Adolescent depression is an ailment that occurs during the teenage characterized by persistent melancholy, disappointment and loss of self-esteem. READ MORE Andropause / Male Menopause Andropause or male menopause causing low libido in a man is due to decreasing level of male hormones, like testosterone. Symptoms of andropause are depression, irritability. READ MORE Suicide Suicide is an act of ending one's own life and it usually results from emotional isolations and inability to adjust and cope with one's environment. READ MORE Meditation: Just For The Mind? We meditate to calm the mind and perceive inner self through spirituality. On the other hand, we also meditate to relieve stress and ease other lifestyle disorders. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Diaphragmatic Hernia Drug Interaction Checker Post-Nasal Drip More News on: Meditation: Just For The Mind?