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Religiösa har inte en psykiatrisk diagnos

Här har ni en del av definitionen för diagnosen “delusion” (vanföreställning) ur The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, publicerad av the American Psychiatric Association. Notera undantagsklausulen (i fetstil) som utesluter religiösa föreställningar ur diagnosen. Religiösa lider alltså inte av vanföreställningar.

“A false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly sustained despite what almost everyone else believes and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence to the contrary. The belief is not one ordinarily accepted by other members of the person’s culture or subculture (e.g. it is not an article of religious faith). When a false belief involves a value judgment, it is regarded as a delusion only when the judgment is so extreme as to defy credibility. Delusional conviction occurs on a continuum and can sometimes be inferred from an individual’s behavior. It is often difficult to distinguish between a delusion and an overvalued idea (in which case the individual has an unreasonable belief or idea but does not hold it as firmly as is the case with a delusion)” (2000, p. 765).

Det verkar därmed bara vara ateister som lider av mentalsjukdom.

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