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Cross-Cultural Considerations for Differentiating between Religiosity and Psychosis

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Scott H. Waltman

School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, 222 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123, US
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Abstract

This paper addresses the question of how to approach religiosity and psychosis within a clinical context. A clinician who is tasked with the differential diagnosis of a client who is apparently either experiencing normative religious phenomenon or psychotic symptoms faces a difficult situation—as clinicians are generally ill-prepared to address topics related to spirituality. It is important for a clinician to be culturally informed and culturally sensitive, and yet religiously-themed hallucinations and delusions are commonly observed among individuals experiencing psychosis. Recommendations are made to help inform culturally appropriate diagnosis and practice.

How to Cite: Waltman, S.H., 2013. Cross-Cultural Considerations for Differentiating between Religiosity and Psychosis. Health, Interprofessional Practice and Education, 1(4), p.eP1041. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7772/2159-1253.1041
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Published on 02 Apr 2013.
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