Chapter 14. Religion and Psychopathology: Psychosis and Depression

  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. Andrew C. P. Sims Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch14

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Sims, A. C. P. (2010) Religion and Psychopathology: Psychosis and Depression, 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.ch14

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. United Kingdom

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 - psychosis and depression;
  • psychoses and depressive disorders - schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and depressive illnesses;
  • major psychiatric disorders - psychiatric disorder patients expressing symptoms in religious terms;
  • mood disorders - magnifying human experiences with exaggeration of emotions;
  • religious experience or psychiatric symptoms;
  • nature of form, being important in psychopathology;
  • psychosis and depression in Jewish and Christian scriptures - citing prophets, as Ezekiel;
  • Nebuchadnezzar from the books of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel - His ‘madness’ occurred in the latter part of his reign;
  • religious psychopathology, topic of spirit or demon possession - transcultural differences;
  • psychosis and religion interacting - schizophrenic, symptoms and experience not uncommon


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Major Psychiatric Disorders

  • Transcultural Perspective

  • Psychosis and Religion Interacting

  • Mania and Religious Expression

  • Depression and Religious Belief

  • Conclusion

  • References