On the border of deep spirituality and psychosis… A case study

Ewelina Dziwota 1 , Diana Żmuda 1 , Rafał Dubiel 1 , Kamila Dziwota 2 , Renata Markiewicz 3 , Marta Makara-Studzińska 4 , and Marcin Olajossy 1
  • 1 2 Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Medical University of Lublin, Poland
  • 2 Department of Psychotherapy Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum, Poland
  • 3 Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
  • 4 Department of Applied Psychology, Medical University of Lublin, Poland


This article is a case study of a 28-year-old patient diagnosed with F23. The report is preceded by an extensive literature review describing the situation of the mentally ill, in which psychiatry intermingles with spirituality and the sacrum.

The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between religion/spirituality and schizophrenia as well as to draw attention to the complex problem of differential diagnosis of religious and spiritual problems. When is psychiatric treatment enough and when is intervention of a priest really essential?

The authors discuss the problem of mental disorders in connection with religion and spirituality in the clinical context. The article shows that it is very important that the processes of diagnosis and treatment take into account the patients’ individual traits, beliefs, values and spirituality.

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