The Relationship Between Mental Illness and Religion (Essay Sample)
PURPOSE:ANALYZE AND APPLY CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN THE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS AND PROVIDE TREATMENT AND HEALTH PROMOTION WHILE APPLYING EVIDENCE-BASED RESEARCH.SCENARIO:
A 44-YEAR-OLD WHITE AUSTRALIAN MAN WHO WAS NOT RELIGIOUS WAS REFERRED TO OUTPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT. HE HAD BEEN PLAYING WITH AN OUIJA BOARD FOR TWO MONTHS WHEN HE STARTED TO BELIEVE THAT A SPIRIT HAD ENTERED HIS BODY THROUGH HIS RECTUM AND WAS CONTROLLING HIM. HE THOUGHT THE SPIRIT MADE HIM MOVE AND SPEAK IN A CERTAIN WAY.
HE SOUGHT HELP FROM A LOCAL CHURCH, WHERE HE WAS TOLD IT WAS A PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEM AND THAT HE WAS NOT REALLY POSSESSED. TWO EXORCISMS AT A LOCAL CHURCH FAILED TO ACHIEVE ANY IMPROVEMENT.
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DISCUSS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MENTAL ILLNESS AND RELIGION.IS THIS CLASSIFIED AS PSYCHOPATHOLOGY? SUPPORT YOUR RESPONSE.
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IDENTIFICATION OF MAIN ISSUES, PROBLEMS, AND CONCEPTS
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Mental Health Assessment
White Australian Male
Discuss the relationship between mental illness and religion. Is this classified as psychopathology?
The case presented in this study involves a person who believes that spirit entered him through the rectum and was responsible for his mental problems. Religion is all about the spiritual powers. The believers must have faith in the supernatural being whom they cannot see. Though, some religious groups worship idols. Furthermore, the strong beliefs have a direct connection to the power of God and so, are safe from evil spirits. However, weak believers are vulnerable to being affected by evil spirits. The patient in this case was not religious and so developed signs of evil spirit manipulations. The client sought help from the local church who did two exorcisms but could not improve. Therefore, the current study seeks to explore the relationship between religion and mental illnesses.
Religion and mental health are closely related. Religious people believe in a supernatural being and get consolation from the spiritual authority. Studies have shown that religious people have a higher level of life satisfaction and mental wellbeing (Malinakova et al., 2020). Some of the reasons why religiosity promotes mental health wellbeing include the fact that religious groups can interact regularly and encourage one another. Also, religious practices vary from one cultural group to another. Some religious practices are healthy while others are destructive. The contending forces between the power of God and the power of evil also explains why some religious people may also develop mental health issues. On the other hand, religious people have occasionally been linked with mental illnesses because of the non-conformity between their behaviors and the expectations from worldly patterns.
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