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spiritual crisis vs. psychotic behavior?

Posted by bookgurl99 on June 25, 2003, at 23:38:43

I have a question --

one of my friends, a long-term friend who I've known for almost 10 years, has suddenly started confiding to me that people at her job are out to 'get her' by making her feel dizzy and confused. she feels drawn to looking at people's hands, especially at work, and believes that they might be 'casting a spell' on her. she also says that she's hearing bells and construction-type background sounds.

she is attributing this to their being evil and god wanting to draw her closer to him; to this end, she's working towards converting to Christianity and getting baptized.

she seems incredibly scared, though. everything that anyone says is used as evidence of this good vs. evil belief about the universe. for example, i mentioned that an old friend of ours is working her dissertation -- which happens to do with witchcraft in 18th c. Spanish lit -- and she became very distressed.

i lovingly said that maybe she should get her brain scanned to make sure this isn't just a message from God.

looking back on it, there have been times that she believed that someone was trying to control her thoughts -- like when she said that a man was trying to insert thoughts about feeling attracted to him in her brain.

uh -- what should i do? i hope she's really having a spiritual crisis, but part of me wants her to be evaled before she's a danger to herself or others.




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