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Fri Mar 20, 2015, 11:09 AM

"They (Mental Health Professionals) viewed some of his beliefs as a kind of psychosis..."

Found this in an article that deals with a much larger issue. This particular topic has been brought up here before, so I thought I would share it.

"They viewed some of his beliefs as a kind of psychosis - and yet they were also part of a worldview shared by millions of mentally healthy people."


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Then there were the grey areas.

A patient named Brian had beaten his mother to death with a baseball bat, believing her to be possessed by the Devil. Brian was a Pentecostal Christian. He'd been doing well in treatment, but one of his obstacles was that he still believed his mother had been possessed - only now, he conceded that the killing was a pointless act, given that the Devil can't be killed.

Brian presented a dilemma for the hospital. They viewed some of his beliefs as a kind of psychosis - and yet they were also part of a worldview shared by millions of mentally healthy people.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31962182



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Reply "They (Mental Health Professionals) viewed some of his beliefs as a kind of psychosis..." (Original post)
cleanhippie Mar 2015 OP
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steve2470 Mar 2015 #2
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Warren Stupidity Mar 2015 #5

Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2015, 11:10 AM

1. "worldview shared by millions of mentally healthy people."

Some might take exception to that characterization..

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2015, 11:15 AM

2. a vexing dilemma for mental health professionals, to be sure nt

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2015, 11:17 AM

3. Clearly religion had nothing to do with this.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2015, 11:19 AM

4. Casting Out Demons: Pope Francis Declares Support for Exorcisms

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Fri Mar 20, 2015, 11:56 AM

5. Look it is only a psychotic delusion if you kill your mother with a baseball bat.

 

before you do that you are not delusional, even though your ideas are identical and only your actions are different, and anyone who says different is a bigot.

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