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Is religion helpful in psychosis? Or in recovery?

Kerome

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I was thinking about this the other day, when looking at my own experiences was religion helpful in a psychosis? I mean you use the context of religion, of angels and demons perhaps, to give meaning to the things that you encounter. By doing so you place them in a context, you have certain expectations of them and you grant that they may have certain powers.

But is it helpful to do so? If you encounter a normal sounding voice which says, “I am god”, you may have a very different reaction then when a deep, impressively gravelly voice says “I am the god of your ancestors”. You may give the second more credence and be inclined to do as it says.

Further, your expectations may shape what you see and hear. Once you’ve accepted something is an angel, you may see it in a vision as a luminous shape. So it may turn out to be a self-fulfilling attitude which shapes your experiences.

It’s something to think about. Maybe religion isn’t helpful at all.
 
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Well I am not sure it would be n psychosis, I suppose it would depend on the person’s feelings and experience beforehand, and on what happened during the psychosis.

If someone is religious or is looking for a spiritual path, I think it could help a lot in recovery. Some people are very anti religion, and probably would not help them though.
 
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remember when one gp asked if i was suicudal i said it's a mortal sin, the gp felt religion was useful, i'm not sure what i believe whether theres a god or afterlife but at times of crisis i can find prayer useful
 
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Thats true, I too have found prayer and being able to talk to a figure of religious authority useful. But a lot of the fears that manifested in delusions were based around religious concepts, and from that POV it was not at all useful to have these religious thoughts kicking about in my head.
 
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religion has different effects on different mentally ill persons, even depending on the severity of the illness. and i know people who have bad experiences with religion and their mental illness, even claiming to communicate with supranatural forces or God.

luckily i don't hear voices like that. my belief keeps me a bit more sane than my usual mental state, even because my paranoia can make me severely insecure to the point where i can become unproductive or self-destructive.
 
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