Concerns About Schizophrenia or Possession?

  title={Concerns About Schizophrenia or Possession?},
  author={Ayse Nuray Karanci},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Health},
  • A. Karanci
  • Published 2014
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Religion and Health
The article ‘‘Schizophrenia or Possession?’’ published in the J Relig Health (2014) (53: 773–777; doi:10.1007/s10943-012-9673-y) written by M. Kemal Irmak has serious flaws in its arguments about the possibility of demonic possession in patients with schizophrenia which to my concern may misguide patients and families and seriously hinder their access to proper mental health care. The view espoused about schizophrenia as a possession by devils is completely lacking any sound scientific evidence… Expand
Schizophrenia or Possession? A Reply to Kemal Irmak and Nuray Karanci
  • A. Scrutton
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Religion and Health
  • 2015
This paper argues that a critique of demon possession beliefs in the context of schizophrenia is needed, but suggests an alternative basis for it, and reflects on important differences between demonic and other forms of spirit possession. Expand
Facing Our Demons: Psychiatric Perspectives on Exorcism Rituals