Fasting is known for its many health benefits, but the psychological repercussions of fasting and the treatments that it may contribute to may have a positive effect on many psychological problems and some symptoms, during the month of Ramadan, reconciliation with oneself and a sense of comfort and reassurance is enhanced, which reduces tension, anxiety, frustration and depression Fasting promotes the development of positive behaviors and the mental health of individuals and society.
During fasting, most of the body’s organs rest from work, and the brain remains the most active, which helps reduce tension, nervousness and excitement.
Fasting also reduces some mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, insomnia and psychological stress, and it creates the ability to withstand and cope with life’s pressures, which leads to psychological stability.
In this regard, Dr. Samia Khoury, a consultant and head of the psychiatric department at Rashid Hospital, stated that the month of fasting contributes to self-control and reduces nervousness and anger, as fasting people realize a lot of spiritual meanings and the value of blessings that they had over the past 11 months, and they are distinguished during this month Increase their patience, tolerance, and respect for others. Ramadan also reinforces the values of tolerance and compassion among people, noting that “thanking God for his blessings and being satisfied with what He has bestowed upon us are among the main causes of feeling comfortable and reassuring, and this all reduces tension and depression.”
Calm the breath
Fasting during the blessed month of Ramadan contributes to calming and refining the soul, and relieving tension, anxiety and depression, in contrast to what is promoted that it increases nervousness, irritability and anger, according to Dr. Samia Khoury, who confirmed that fasting has great benefits in general for everyone and affects in a particularly positive way on The psychological state of fasting people.
She added: “The month of Ramadan prompts the fasting person to stand with himself and hold her accountable, and sets controls that are mainly related to worship and morals,” noting that the most important physiological change in Ramadan is to increase the work of the brain and helps to secrete nerve growth factors, and these secretions contribute to protecting the fasting person from Stress, anxiety, depression and frustration.
Reconcile with oneself
Dr. Samia Khoury said: Fasting is not only positive for physical health, but also includes a person’s psychological state, and it greatly contributes to alleviating tension, anxiety, frustration and depression, according to studies and research. During fasting, most of the body’s organs rest from work, and the brain remains the most active, which helps reduce tension, nervousness and excitement.
On the possibility of fasting mentally ill patients, she confirmed that a study was conducted which concluded that the majority of psychiatric patients improve their psychological state by fasting in Ramadan, explaining that fasting gives the fasting person hope for the reward of God, and renews his desire to get out of the circle of despair, so the participation of others in fasting and acts of worship throughout Ramadan ends the desire A depressed patient in the isolation imposed on him by the disease, and he turns into an optimistic person that keeps him away from the idea of self-harm.
She added: “It has been shown that fasting Ramadan and the accompanying participation in the ritual acts make anxiety patients feel reassured, and their fears gradually decrease until they are completely rid of feelings of anxiety and tension,” noting that in the case of patients with “obsessive-compulsive disorder” the psychological state of the patient improves, as he is preoccupied with acts of worship. And reading the Qur’an is what makes him replace his interest in delusions and whispers by integrating into the rituals of Ramadan, and he feels self-confident and internally satisfied with his ability to perform the obligatory duty like others.
She stated that many cases of mental illness recover and improve whenever the patient has a strong religious scruple, and is committed to performing rituals. Therefore, people who have a balanced personality, are committed to performing rituals and dealing with the spirit of religion in their lives are the least likely to suffer from mental disorders.
Dr. Samia Khoury emphasized that fasting is a golden opportunity for those who have any psychological problems, as it strengthens the will and increases a person’s confidence in himself and his abilities, and is an effective weapon in the face of depression, anxiety and sickness obsessions.
For her part, Samira Al Habashi, a senior clinical social worker in the Psychiatry Department at Rashid Hospital, said that the well-known medical rule that confirms that prevention is better and more effective than treatment is fully applicable in the case of mental illnesses, as it has been proven to us through observation and research in the field of psychiatry that the people who They have a balanced personality and have strong religious scruples, and they are committed to performing the ritual acts and the spirit of religion in their dealings. They are often less affected by mental disorders, and they are more improved and responsive to treatment when afflicting any psychiatric patient, and some of these studies were conducted in the West where the results of these events stated that the strong belief in God and regularity In the rituals of some psychiatric patients, it was a catalyst for their speedy recovery and response to treatment better than other patients suffering from similar conditions, and the strangest thing is that studies conducted to compare treatment results in patients with heart disease, cancer and chronic diseases reported their results that improvement in patients who adhered to the teachings of religion who enjoy With a strong belief in God, he was more remarkable than others.
She added that all research confirmed that the feeling of psychological reassurance that accompanies belief in God is related to the strength of the internal immune system, which plays a crucial role in resisting diseases .. She said that fasting and remembrance of God during the day in Ramadan and being close to God through acts of worship in this month are among the positive things that are reflected in mental health. For everyone .. and there is a great opportunity for those suffering from mental disorders to consolidate their improvement in their condition and help them get out of psychological suffering..also the golden opportunity is for those who are prisoners of the smoking habit that threatens their health and can lead to their lives, and for those who have fallen into the dilemma of drug addiction. … all of them can take advantage of this opportunity in the month of Ramadan, which we have received and whose days and nights are lived in a wonderful spiritual atmosphere.
She said that the special spiritual atmosphere that distinguishes this month from public participation among individuals in organizing their times during the day between worship and work in specific periods and allocating unified times in which they meet for breakfast, and this participation in itself has a positive psychological impact on psychiatric patients who suffer from isolation. They feel that their psychological disorder has placed a barrier between them and those around them in the family and society .. And the month of Ramadan, with its comprehensive system, casts a shadow over everyone when they fast during the day, and their behaviors are generally characterized by adherence to rituals and attempts to draw closer to God. The manifestations of compassion prevail among people, which leads to psychological calm and a way out of the usual psychological worries that represent the suffering of mental patients. This positive change contributes to an improvement in their psychological life.
A senior clinical social worker in the Department of Psychiatry at Rashid Hospital also pointed out that fasting has positive effects in strengthening the will, which is considered a weakness in all patients with self
Samira Al Habashi, a senior clinical social worker in the psychiatry department at Rashid Hospital, explained that fasting provides hope for reward and helps get rid of negative feelings associated with mental illness, and the patience required to abstain from eating and drinking contributes to the patient’s ability to resist disease symptoms. For these reasons, we in the practice of psychiatry advise all patients to fast during Ramadan, and we notice that this leads to an improvement in their psychological state.
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