Spirit Possession and Exorcism in the Treatment of a Bedouin Psychiatric Patient

@article{alKrenawi1997SpiritPA,
  title={Spirit Possession and Exorcism in the Treatment of a Bedouin Psychiatric Patient},
  author={Alean al-Krenawi and John R . Graham},
  journal={Clinical Social Work Journal},
  year={1997},
  volume={25},
  pages={211-222}
}
A male Bedouin psychiatric patient was initially misdiagnosed and treated as a paranoid schizophrenic. The modern mental health care system correctly understood the “form” of the patient's symptoms, auditory and visual hallucinations. It did not however at first appreciate their “content”, or cultural significance. The patient had unresolved anger toward his family which was manifested in an angry exchange with his mother. This exchange created guilt and the belief that the patient had sinned… 
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