Indian Journal of Private Psychiatry

Register      Login

VOLUME 13 , ISSUE 1 ( January-June, 2019 ) > List of Articles

CASE REPORT

Faith Healer and Cultural Belief to Development of Psychopathology: A Case Report

Iftikar Hussain, Soumik Sengupta, Sucheta Saha

Keywords : Cultural beliefs, Faith healer, Psychopathology

Citation Information : Hussain I, Sengupta S, Saha S. Faith Healer and Cultural Belief to Development of Psychopathology: A Case Report. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2019; 13 (1):22-23.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0026

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 00-06-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

The presentation of mental illness and understanding of the patient’s experience with regard to psychopathology is quite unique and cannot be generalized due to the diverse etiological factors. In understanding and managing psychopathology, cultural knowledge plays a vital role. It has been seen that most of the interventions, in a similar fashion, need an understanding of historical roots in the specific cultural background and they also shape the psychotherapy models. The current case shows us the development of psychopathology with regard to cultural belief as well as discerning the symptom profile associated with it. Mr X, a 41-year-old gentleman from a rural area of Assam, presented with complaints about a “living thing” inhabiting his abdomen for the last 2 years and has been growing ever since. He claims that an enraged faith healer with incredible powers had done so to him. He was diagnosed with persistent delusional disorder at LGBRIMH and was managed with both pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions. In nonpharmacological interventions, coping strategies and insight-oriented psychotherapy in context to his cultural beliefs were given. Significant improvement was seen after 2 months and at 3 months his socio-occupational functioning improved as well.


PDF Share
  1. Gold J, Gold I. The “Truman Show” delusion: psychosis in the global village. Cogn Neuropsychiatry 2012;17(6):455–472. DOI: 10.1080/13546805.2012.666113.
  2. Causadias JM. A roadmap for the integration of culture into developmental psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology 2013;25:1375–1398. DOI: 10.1017/S0954579413000679.
  3. Stompe T, Friedman A, Ortwein G, et al. Comparison of delusions among schizophrenics in Austria and in Pakistan. Psychopathology 1999;32(5):225–234. DOI: 10.1159/000029094.
  4. Kala A, Wig N. Delusion across cultures. Int J Soc Psychiatry 1982;28(3):185–193. DOI: 10.1177/002076408202800304.
  5. Suhail K. Phenomenology of delusions in Pakistani patients: effect of gender and social class. Psychopathology 2003;36(4):195–199. DOI: 10.1159/000072789.
  6. Gecici O, Kuloglu M, Guler O, et al. Phenomenology of delusions and hallucinations in patients with schizophrenia. Klin Psikofarmakol B 2010;20(3):204–212. DOI: 10.1080/10177833.2010.11790661.
  7. Bhavsar V, Bhugra D. Religious delusions: finding meanings in psychosis. Psychopathology 2008;41(3):165–172. DOI: 10.1159/000115954.
  8. Stompe T, Bauer S, Ortwein-Swoboda G, et al. Delusions of guilt: the attitude of Christian and Muslim schizophrenic patients toward good and evil and the responsibility of men. J Muslim Ment Health 2006;1(1):43–56. DOI: 10.1080/15564900600654294.
  9. Tateyama M, Asai M, Hashimoto M, et al. Transcultural study of schizophrenic delusions. Psychopathology 1998;31(2):59–68. DOI: 10.1159/000029025.
  10. Suhail K, Cochrane R. Effect of culture and environment on the phenomenology of delusions and hallucinations. Int J Soc Psychiatry 2002;48(2):126–138. DOI: 10.1177/002076402128783181.
PDF Share

© Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) LTD.