Chapter 12. Religious Experience and Psychopathology

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr. Professor of Psychiatry4 and
  2. María Inés López-Ibor Alcocer Professor of Psychiatry1

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch12

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

López-Ibor, J. J. and López-Ibor Alcocer, M. I. (2010) Religious Experience and Psychopathology, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. 1


  2. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203



  • religion and psychopathology;
  • religious experience and psychopathology;
  • religiosity, important factor in clinical decisions and religious perspectives;
  • philosophy and psychiatry- psychiatry needing philosophy, mentally ill confronted with problems;
  • demoniac illnesses - history of natural explanations to phenomena considered as supernatural;
  • witchcraft and mental illness;
  • psychopathology and supernatural phenomena;
  • psychopathology of beauty and goodness;
  • meaning of illnesses - person, falling ill is confronted with death and their own body;
  • religion's relationship to mental health - questioned, as though it were positive or negative


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Philosophy and Psychiatry

  • Demoniac Illnesses

  • Witchcraft and Mental Illness

  • Psychopathology and Supernatural Phenomena

  • Delusion and Religious Experience

  • The Problem of Truth in Psychiatry

  • Psychopathology of Beauty and Goodness

  • The Meaning of Illnesses

  • Deep Psychology

  • Religion and Specific Mental Disorders

  • References