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Schizophrenia can be triggered by a variety of environmental factors, including significant stress, intensely emotional situations, and disturbing or uncomfortable experiences. It is possible that religion itself may be a trigger for schizophrenia; religious imagery is often very grandiose, and defies commonly held beliefs of what is realistic and natural in the world. Experiencing an intense religious experience may trigger a psychotic episode in those who are vulnerable to them, because religion often requires a believer to suspend their usual idea of what is possible and impossible. This could potentially lead to a psychotic episode due to the shift in realistic thinking; a sufferer may believe that they themselves are religious deities or Messiahs, or that God himself is speaking to the individual. It has been shown that those with schizophrenia who suffer from religious delusions are more religious than those who do not suffer from these delusions. It has also been shown that those who suffer from religious delusions are less likely to continue long-term treatment.
originally posted by: flammadraco
The number of schizophrenia patients that had been previously admitted to hospital, 24% had religious delusions. I wonder how many of these 24% visit ATS on a daily basis?
Religion and schizophrenia
originally posted by: MorpheusNeo123
a reply to: JUhrman lol people always dig into other languages to find root meanings. This pointless. Why because neither Latin nor English or any other common language is the first language to be spoken. It is utterly pointless to dig into other languages for root meanings. This will only confuse you when you find out how far back you will have to truly dig.