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Do very religious people have schizophrenia?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
Schizophrenia affects 1% of the general population.
All walks of life are affected. That includes those who are religious as well as those who are not. It is possible for a person with schizophrenia to believe they hear god talking to them. In fact, I have had many patients who believed that they were jesus christ. Interestingly, often when such people are treated, they no longer believe it.

In brief: Not necessarily
Schizophrenia affects 1% of the general population.
All walks of life are affected. That includes those who are religious as well as those who are not. It is possible for a person with schizophrenia to believe they hear god talking to them. In fact, I have had many patients who believed that they were jesus christ. Interestingly, often when such people are treated, they no longer believe it.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually not
Although religion does not make one immune from mental disorders, including schizophrenia, most religious people, including those who experience miracles and here voices offering divine guidance, do not have psychiatric disorder. There is interesting research on temporal lobe epilepsy and regliousity, but even that is a minority.
Most highly religious people are psychiatrically sound.

In brief: Usually not
Although religion does not make one immune from mental disorders, including schizophrenia, most religious people, including those who experience miracles and here voices offering divine guidance, do not have psychiatric disorder. There is interesting research on temporal lobe epilepsy and regliousity, but even that is a minority.
Most highly religious people are psychiatrically sound.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Schizophrenia
Anyone can have schizophrenia.
That being said, many times those suffering from untreated schizophrenia suffer from intense hallucinations that are often religious in their imagery or theme.

In brief: Schizophrenia
Anyone can have schizophrenia.
That being said, many times those suffering from untreated schizophrenia suffer from intense hallucinations that are often religious in their imagery or theme.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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