Schizophrenia – caused by demons?

DemonThe causes of schizophrenia have been the subject of much debate”, and the debate is now extended with a new possibility proposed by Dr. Kemal Irmak, of the High Council of Science, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey.

In the June 2014 issue (Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 773-777) of the Journal of Religion and Health(which is an “international interdisciplinary journal which publishes original peer-reviewed articles that deal with mental and physical health in relation to religion and spirituality of all kinds.”) Dr. Irmak and colleagues ask : Schizophrenia or Possession?

“Hallucinations are a cardinal positive symptom of schizophrenia which deserves careful study in the hope it will give information about the pathophysiology of the disorder. We thought that many so-called hallucinations in schizophrenia are really illusions related to a real environmental stimulus. One approach to this hallucination problem is to consider the possibility of a demonic world. Demons are unseen creatures that are believed to exist in all major religions and have the power to possess humans and control their body. Demonic possession can manifest with a range of bizarre behaviors which could be interpreted as a number of different psychotic disorders with delusions and hallucinations. The hallucination in schizophrenia may therefore be an illusion—a false interpretation of a real sensory image formed by demons.”

The new theory raises an enigmatic question : if medication helps patients, is it acting on the patients themselves, or on the demons which possess them?

Other avenues of research : see:  ‘Do shoes cause schizophrenia?’

[Illustration from ‘The Demon McGuire’, 1885, courtesy the British Library]

  • Asura

    The **** is this crap?

  • cnocspeireag

    Asura, this crap comes from Turkey, a nominally secular state but infested with muslim loons. These loons have been diligently outbreeding the sane since Attaturk’s day, so it’s all downhill there for the forseeable future.

  • unity_ministry

    This is easy enough to explain if you look at the last part of the abstract:

    “A local faith healer in our region helps the patients with
    schizophrenia. His method of treatment seems to be successful because
    his patients become symptom free after 3 months. Therefore, it would be
    useful for medical professions to work together with faith healers to
    define better treatment pathways for schizophrenia.”

    And if you don’t or can’t treat a transient psychotic episode with anti-psychotics then it typically takes around three months for the episode to subside of its own accord.

    Conclusion: Dr Irmak is as gullible as they come and I just happen to have the deeds to a bridge that I’d like to discuss with him.

  • Brian Klock

    Everyone is hung up on terminology (“demons”) and the popular folklore behind it. All you have to do is go watch “Being John Malkovich” and “Bruce Almighty” and maybe you’ll have that epiphany about what’s being talked about here. Well maybe you’re naïve enough to believe that it’s all nothing more than a bunch of movie jokes.

  • help im being killed

    Here is what i know, they started fucking with my brain and i saw an alien and started looking at the clock at 3 repeatedly, i also smelled sulfur.

    A month straight they tormented me and if don’t take pills they just come back and do it again.

    And how do hallucinations physically harm a person twice? Twice this shit happened while “someone” appeared visually, once was an intense jolt of electricity(im not epileptic/only happened once in my life) and the other my hand was burned which left two marks for awhile, both times “someone” appeared. Both instances hurt, esp the electricity, that one hurt bad.

    Fucking satyrs, shadow people, aliens, ufos, light beings, ghosts, and other things started jumping out of nowhere when it began.

    Voices have also proven to me that they are conscious and seperate by way of certain things they have said. At times they know things that i do not, where things are, whats going to happen, what time it is when i don’t know.

    So much has happened to me that proves schizophrenia is caused by someone and not something. Who, how, and why i don’t know.

    And why have numerous others seen the exact same things as me, namely shaman from every place and time, and others as well.

    A hallucination can not physically harm a person while appearing to them twice, simple as that.

    Either this shit is possession or people should begin asking questions about the secret tech some of you have and are using on eachother in horrible ways.

  • YumikoSakura

    I’m schizophrenic and I don’t have it as bad as some people, but this is a load of bullshit. I don’t think schizophrenia has anything to do with demon possession. I mean, maybe weak people are followed by demons, which would explain the voices and hallucinations which tell me to kill myself, kill others, etc.