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Psychiatrist Admits Mental Illness Is Caused By Demonic Possession

AliceinWonderland

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I've been harmed by the idea that mental illness is caused or influenced by demonic possession. Many years ago when I first became seriously unwell (I was in my early 20s) I belonged to a church that believed my illness was down to demonic influences, and they carried out an exorcism on me. It wasn't horrific or anything, it was just people I knew and trusted praying for me and commanding the demons to leave. But there was a lot of control and judgement in it. They didn't like my behaviour, and wanted me to stop what I was doing and 'behave'. The inference was that because I was sinful and not obeying god, demons had infiltrated my life. Or that things that had happened to me had allowed demons to take up residence. So it was sort of blaming me for my mental health problems. Judging me. And crucially, saying that being mentally unwell was somehow my fault, and something I could stop doing if I tried harder and was a better Christian. Of course the 'exorcism' made no difference, and there were no demons to come out. Or at least only the metaphorical ones of a childhood of trauma and abuse, which have taken years of therapy to acheive healing from. The danger is that people see exorcism as a quick cure, and this could dissuade people from getting professional help, psychiatric or otherwise (therapy I mean). The other danger is that demons suggest a person is influenced by evil, which to my mind is mediaeval thinking, we know better than that in the modern age. There is nothing evil or bad about a person having a mental illness. That church believed they had all the answers and professional help was not as effective as god's intervention, or was even a sign of weakness to seek. Totally wrong and dangerous thinking imo. I'm very surprised a psychiatrist would endorse this idea, I haven't read the article though, is the headline actually what they said? I'm not religious any more, it's not for me, but I respect other people's religious beliefs, as long as they're not trying to have a monopoly on 'the truth', or trying to persuade others to agree with them, it's a personal choice what you believe.
 
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Unlikely to be demonic or you could go down to the mall and buy a can of demon repellant and that'd cure mental illness. Doesn't happen like that. In all my years never seen spiritual healing grow back a missing leg, what chance a missing brain? Mostly religion is about money in my opinion, they want a slice of the monies that are brought in by the mindfulness therapy industry. So demons.
 
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All this anti Christian stuff makes me wonder if I'm being attacked?
 
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What a lot of quackery.... this is disturbing, backwards thinking which will take us back to the days of witchhunts
 
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Everyone has a right to believe in whatever voodoo they like, or not, but they shouldn't be working in pyschiatry whilst holding deeply primitive beliefs that could endanger patients, or prolong suffering/delusional states. They should be struck off exactly like a religious fanatatic passenger plane pilot should be....
 
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I see no base to the concept of demons and spirits it seems very old testament
I see no base to the concept of the article itself. If you can even call it that. I tried to read it all...
 
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I found the title of the article mind-boggling, to think that a mh professional would make that statement seems odd to say the least. I did some investigating. More understandable when you see that it came from News Punch, see below (makes more sense now :whistle:)

NewsPunch - Wikipedia
 
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Everyone has a right to believe in whatever voodoo they like, or not, but they shouldn't be working in pyschiatry whilst holding deeply primitive beliefs that could endanger patients, or prolong suffering/delusional states. They should be struck off exactly like a religious fanatatic passenger plane pilot should be....
Exactly
 
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Sorry thats a load of bullshit. Mental illness is that an illness
It can affect anyone
 
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I can imagine myself (as a health professional myself) standing in front of the whole mental health team saying that actually demonic possession is the cause of mental illness sorry but thats absolute rubbish.
 
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I just thought I'd share and see what you peeps think
 
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In my opinion, no disrespect to anyone of religious or spiritual beliefs, it would be better described as "an altered state of conciousness", rather than attributing conditions to external spiritual entities...
 
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Hi @AliceinWonderland
Thanks for the insight on your experiences; I feel for you but am also proud of your achievements.

It might be wise to read the whole article; I did and was surprised at the credentials, experience and disclosures of the writer/psychiatrist. Interesting stuff.

The brain is an amazing organ with only a portion of its abilities 'Known or Accepted' within fields of science and academia. Theologian's tend to address spiritualism as a first port of call and although tolerant, can be critical with empirical evidence. Science wants to see it, smell it, taste it, feel it or have it present itself within the boundaries of - chemical charts, the microscope, on a scan or via peer supported accepted theory.

My personal experience tells me there's much more to learn about that's 'out there' lurking in the ether waiting for vulnerable souls to interfere with.
 
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well don't tell my mum about this, she'll believe every word of it
 
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