Psychotic and Religious Delusions

Lets liven it up a little bit! I hope everyone knows that not all delusions are scary and sad. There are some people who live in a fantasy world of unicorns and rainbows. Not a lot…but some! This specific patient believed that she had already passed over to the other side. I guess that would make me an angel right? I will call her Catherine. Catherine was a larger women in her late 20’s. She was the sweetest woman I had ever met. She would call me Honey all the time. When I first met her she was sitting at the table in the dayroom browsing through 4th of July ads planning her 4th of July party. She wanted to have a carnival and lots of food!  Throughout the shift Catherine would preach to the other patients telling them to repent and return to their Heavenly families, but not in a tyrant, angry way!. Later when It was time for bed she came up to me and my co-worker and said , ” I’m afraid to go to sleep.” We said, ” Why, whats wrong?” She said, ” Well the thing is, I don’t want to go anywhere, I want to stay here tonight, I don’t want to go up in a spaceship or cross over to the other side just yet.” I took her to her room and reassured her over and over that I would not let anything or anyone take her away and that she would definitely stay here all night. She wanted me to sit by her bed all night just to make sure, but when I told her I couldn’t she quickly understood. As it neared the early morning, she suddenly awoke and came out to the hallway where I was and said very urgently, ” When will I see John?” I replied in a very confused manner, ” John who??” She said with almost an annoyance that I didn’t know who she was referring to, ” John the Beloved!” I stood there shocked and simply said, ” In a few hours.” She nodded and said, ” Ok.” and went back to bed. I guess she thought she had crossed over anyways.

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4 thoughts on “Psychotic and Religious Delusions

  1. HI,

    You left a comment on my blog shuaybshoaib.wordpress.com. Could you look at my other posts on the blog, the ones that are psychosis related and tell me what you think. I had psychotic episode in 2007. The hallucinations, what i remember, lasted a day. Then i was hospitalized for a few weeks and it took me that long to return to normal. I was out of mind for a while. Please let me know what you make of my episode.

    • Hi, I read through your blog. A couple of things come to mind. Had you taken any drugs prior to the psychotic break? That could be a reason for it. If not, do you have a history of schizophrenia in your family? How old are you? Schizophrenia can onset around age 25. What I read sounds like a Paranoid Schizophrenic. I have worked with patients that describe those same exact fears, someone is a spy, someone is coming to kill them, strange religious beliefs. I hope that you had just taken drugs and that is the reason. If you still experience these paranoid thoughts and feelings I urge you to go get help, there is medication that can help. I wish you the best.

  2. Hi,
    the good news is i am pretty much recovered and functioning pretty well. I may have had delusions but i challenge them and they don’t control me. I’m a fairly happy guy otherwise

    btw, i had the psychotic episode age 24(2007), now i’m 29. It was not from drugs, i have never taken drugs. It might be described better by the term ‘brief psychotic disorder’ as i was hospitalized for around a month and no further admittance. Brief psychotic disorder includes hallucinations and delusions which often come on suddenly, but last for less than one month, after which the person usually recovers completely

    I am in contact with mental health professionals and have been taken anti-psychotics since the episode in 2007. I have not got a diagnosis as of yet, everything i know is from my own research, but i should have in a month or two as i’m seeing some mental health professionals.

    I’m as well as i could be i think;)

    Thanks for looking at my site anyway

    Shoaib

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