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    Default When mental illness forces deconversion

    Linky to a Reddit article

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    My husband had never suffered from mental illness prior to the events Iím about to describe. After seeing a faith healer at one of our services (a first for our church), something was triggered in him and he began suffering hallucinations and delusions and ended up hospitalized. It was all religious in nature. I had to hide our bibles because it was a major trigger for him. Most people said it was a spiritual attack while others said it was a gift that he just needed to fine tune. One church friend suggested that god had revealed himself to my husband and his glory was so great that it drove him insane (yeah Iím fucking serious).

    After years of therapy and meds and leaving the church, he is doing awesome. However, anything religious will trigger him.
    The whole thing's worth reading.
    EJB

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    :-(

    PTSD?
    "Faith: not wanting to know what is true" - Nietzsche

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    Default Re: When mental illness forces deconversion

    Wow. So not just an excuse to get out of going to church?
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    Default Re: When mental illness forces deconversion

    Quote DanDare said View Post
    Wow. So not just an excuse to get out of going to church?
    I've seen, first-hand, a few cases of people becoming unwound in fundagelical church environments , and those surrounding them treating it as "a move of god".

    My own trip into the charismatic movement was part of a breakdown, and being among the happy-clapping hand-wavers impeded my recovery considerably.

    While I now intensely dislike seeing or hearing holy-spirit-wibble gatherings now, I am unsure as to how I'd cope in the middle of one on a bad day.

    Q: Does yelling "Get the fuck off me!" and trying to throw off those who are laying on hands count as demonic manifestation?
    Last edited by The Irreverent Mr Black; 6th April 2018 at 09:48 AM. Reason: clarity - moved clause closer to its subject
    EJB

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    You could lay legitimate charges of assault although of course there were no witnesses.

    You could pretend to be aroused and then they'd stop.
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    Religious Trauma Syndrome.
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