God and schizophrenia... whats his place within mental illness??

I work in mental health.. when the service users with schizophrenia don't take their meds and relapse, god and the devil can take over. They invade their mind, they tell the person what to do, they invade their minds with threatening thought. God tells them they're bad and to punish themselves and sometimes others. I dont know why or how this happens but I do know that god destroys them; that wonderful higher being that we're all brought up to 'serve' until we start thinking for ourselves of course. We are the lucky ones...

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Comment by emma bailie on April 2, 2012 at 6:04pm
I just wonder why he's so prominent within the schizophrenic mind, especially to those non religious when well. Why is he invading their minds... Are we (society) to blame for this invasion which generally begins from birth.... or when we begin to grasp life... And our families think that its ok to introduce us to the invisible man.. but don't talk to strangers.. Santa is coming... Santa doesn't exist... Confusing much!
Comment by Waynster on April 2, 2012 at 7:23pm

That is a highly interesting subject point and I wonder indeed if anyone has done any research. I think sadly it would be very difficult to provide test data for as even if anyone brought up as an atheist, they would still be aware of the concept of god to denounce it. I also doubt that anyone on this planet is brought up without a notion of a god or any supernatural spirit in any form - my point being if someone succumbs to a mental illness such as schizophrenia then they are operating with diminished responsibility and sense of reason - so it is a natural for the patient to reject their atheist beliefs to anchor responsibility on a deity.

The black humour in me (whilst I wish not to appear as insulting or tasteless) does recall schizophrenia and the phenomenon of 'imaginary friends' which seems to sit hand in hand with religion quite nicely.

Comment by emma bailie on April 4, 2012 at 2:00pm
Your last comment is indeed humorous! This seems to happen to not only the schizophrenic but for many that go through a psychotic episode... Why is god there at that point. Why isn't their alcoholic dad or abusive mum... If the case of course and assuming past problems, traumas etc.. not the subject of their voices or psychosis... Always god.... Hmm....

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