I'm researching schizophrenia for a close person in my life, and I have a question. I've read a lot of stories, and I do see that some people truly need medication; however, I'm starting to see a connection between spirituality and schizophrenia. How many found with their hallucinations that they decided they didn't believe in God or were questioning their spirituality? I'm asking because that is something this person has said.
I have also found quite a few stories of people who say that by praying intensely and/or seeing a spiritual healer, they have been pulled out of the disease. I find this interesting cause scientists really don't know that much about the disease, and it seems that anyone can develop it while under a tremendous amount of stressors in life.First of all, Tatiana, scientists know more about schizophrenia (and other psychotic disorders) than you realize. It isn't true that "anyone" can develop the illness because of being under stress. For one thing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, etc., all have a strong genetic component. In addition, people who are not under severe stress can develop these conditions.
Now, I'm a Christian, and I like to find a healthy mix of science and my faith. I also do recognize that some people are truly gifted, such as a very few psychics and mediums. Has anyone tried to pray schizophrenia away, and if so, what was your experience?
Whether it is possible to "pray away" a mental illness is a question I can't answer. I personally haven't known anyone who was successful, and I have known deeply devout people with bipolar who felt they should be able to get well through faith and prayer and were deeply distressed when their symptoms continued. Delaying needed treatment in this way can be dangerous, as the illness can become worse the longer it goes untreated.
As you've noticed, there can be a strong religious connection to people who experience psychosis, and I wrote about this in Religion and Bipolar Disorder.
Now I ask readers to respond. Has your illness decreased your belief in a deity or made you question your spirituality? Or have you achieved mental health through prayer and faith? If so, please talk about your experience.
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