American Psychological Association To Classify Belief in God As a Mental Illness

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a strong and passionate belief in a deity or higher power, to the point where it impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters, will now be classified as a mental illness. 

The controversial ruling comes after a 5-year study by the APA showed devoutly religious people often suffered from anxiety, emotional distress, hallucinations, and paranoia. The study stated that those who perceived God as punitive was directly related to their poorer health, while those who viewed God as benevolent did not suffer as many mental problems. The religious views of both groups often resulted in them being disconnected from reality.

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Hi from Seattle. I'm preparing to travel back to Washington DC in August and may stay longterm. I'd like to meet some of you who are in the area. I've got warm feelings about much of what can happen in our nation because of folks with hearts like yours. I've only refreshed my association with you as of the webinar yesterday. I have hopes... My easy to type URL is Warm regards and Aloha from here. Ralph Wilson_ND
2. Sorry for the way that I posted to the comment about religion but I am convinced that there is hope for all in America to have faith or no-faith and still be healthy. THE APA president had a good interview with David Van.Nuys on about Collaboration.

I'll be back later tomorrow to check postings. Healthful regards. Ralph Wilson

Good morning Klemens  - interesting time frame and name you chose for this APA announcement, and I do remember your opinion and posture on God and the Old Testament and this study aligns nicely with that position.

From my exchange and interaction on the front lines with people, I do not concur with the findings that "strong and passionate beliefs" ought to be paired in a sentence with "impaired ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters" to simply justify and dam spirituality, which houses various religious doctrines just like the "disciplines" house various scientific specialties - hard and soft sciences all have their varied opinions about "spiritual matters."

"Without conscience" is already covered in DSM-5, a feature of Cluster C "Personality Disorders."   I also do not believe APA can take such a simply complex matter as 'belief in a deity, higher power or gods/God' and reduce it to polar opposite [punitive verses benevolent], as even "the" descriptor or variable and as a matter-of-fact, even that one word "religion" within the whole context concerning spiritual development which encompasses formation of one's moral compass "belief" guidelines/system gleamed or learned along the road in life.

Now how did they find that both groups had the "disconnection factor" - I would not bank my money nor my reputation on this study in light in light and in contrast to all the other "religious" study results out there.  Interesting timing, stance and times for APA to release these controversial results - now.

We all know that DSM-5 diagnostic categories change like the blowing winds within cultural times, so what is deemed "mental illness" in a culture in a specific time frame may and does change...Peace + Love Linda [obviously spiritually minded]. 

Thank you Linda. I am glad that this topic is active. Maybe this string is a good one to post the following link for the writing and clarification page that I put onto a private page this morning with the intent to show it to Depth Psychology readers. The page was created to share with doctorate holders in primary care as licensed naturopathic physicians as well as ND students. Their weekend retreat was called a Revival. The Vis Medicatrix Naturae has spiritual/connectedness implications. My page is:

Good afternoon Ralph - thanks for sharing your learnings and wisdom here, however I do believe you might want to consider joining the Homeopathy and Depth Psychology group which the wealth of your information would fit in nicely with.  I too read the book and watched the movie on "The Red Tent" and it was good to hear the fact/fiction narrative as told by the author to catch a glimpse of women during the time of the Genesis book.  Have a fabulous Sunday.  Peace + Love Linda

On that page is a link to the document (PDF) where I described my military experience during the Cold War and Vietnam. I including a pic of me last week touching a piece of the Berlin Wall
I saved it as private for practitioners of healthcare... i.e., you in Depth Psychology. I'd be glad to meet some of you when I return to Washington DC in August.


Usually when a new diagnosis emanates from the self serving medieval monkeys infesting the american psychological association, it is accompanied by a recommended pharmaceutical solution. And it will come as these inhuman scum have aggressively helped psychologically addict 1 in 10 american women on anti depressants. This is worse than the barbaric effort of the western powers to addict the entire nation of china on opium. And now these greedy psychopaths well lets use the euphemism materialists are working feverishly to destroy the moral anchor that religion provides to the populace and the nation. 

Hi Klemens - thanks for clarifying your original title/post contents and I now got that you are anti-APA.  I read the text, "Toxic Psychiatry ]1991] by Dr. Peter Bergen, which I found informative regarding psychotropic medications, however, I also note that for a small population of survivors of trauma, low dose, chemical intervention can and does help with symptom reduction and improves their quality of life for some are so badly damaged by abuse they are unable to achieve enough wellness simply by utilizing complementary approaches to recovery...for whatever reason...and these are complex...

I am skeptical about generalization statements which tend to support pessimism and negative thought forms [toxic mind-sets/scapes into fixity states].  I am of a simple [factual] opinion that China, which is a far older civilization/country that any "western power" could be...and that fixing "blame for opium addiction upon the West" just does not make sense nor fit for me.  As a matter of fact, it is well known that it was the Chinese and other countries that produce poppies that introduced opium to people in the west.  

I could be wrong in this logic on this matter...however, regarding "greedy psychopaths," materialists or not...are running rampant and amuk in huge numbers among us and around the globe right now, so concerning "feverishly to destroy" - it appears to me that this presents highest, right now, in the lands that support and harbour psychopathic terrorists that has resulted and evidenced in the "killing fields" genocides graves scattered around the globe.  But what do I a lover of life not instructed, leaned in war nor politics...just my heart speaking to you on this Sunday hoping you have a lovely one.  Peace + Love Linda

the most egregious aspects of any nations history are generally repressed so that the delusion of moral and superiority and exceptionalism can remain intact. The British were no exception in this regard.The British East India Companytaught the modern mafias how to make money out of drugs before it was taken over by the British Government itself.

In a nutshell: The Opium Wars

In the 19th century, Britain and France sent in the gunboats to bully China into allowing the sale of opium to its citizens

What were the Opium Wars?

The Opium Wars were two 19th-century conflicts between China and Britain (and later France) that began with Chinese attempts to stop opium being smuggled into their country.

Nobody in their right mind would argue that that 10% of american women  require antidepressants...The women are not even being told that they are signing on for a life long psychological addiction. I've talked to some who didn't know what hit them when they said enough was enough and they wanted their life back...


Here in the States the primary providers of our health insurance are our employers, and increasingly employers are citing religious objections to offering coverage that violates their "deeply held religious beliefs." So far most of the objections have been to contraception, but since Obamacare requires coverage for mental health services, could this be a preemptive strike by the APA against, say, a company founded by a Scientologist who has religious objections to psychiatry?


The State is working very hard to become the arbitrator of moral values. The Church is an impediment to that goal. In fact the State is at war with the family the church and the individual in America today. Their medieval barbaric torture supporting henchmen/apparatchiks at the APA are brought in as storm troopers to paint religion as a mental disease.

"Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm - by dropping all antidepressants, ADHD drugs, and dementia drugs and using only a fraction of the antipsychotics and benzodiazepines we currently use," said Gøtzsche, reported The Independent.

"This would lead to healthier and more long lived populations. Because psychotropic drugs are immensely harmful when used long-term, they should almost exclusively be used in acute situations and always with a firm plan for tapering off, which can be difficult for many patients."

of course the pharmaceutical industries that own the psychological establishment lock stock and barrel will never let their profit generating criminal enterprise go... 

"Why I Am Not a Member of the APA"

- Torture and war crimes? Reductionism and materialism? No thanks.


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