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How Can You Tell Mental Illness From Religious Fervor?

A December, 2016 article in Scientific American discussed this very subject.          

"My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness."

If someone shows the following symptoms, is he or she mentally ill or just very religious?

- Identifying someone as "Satanic" or in league with Satan and fixating on that person as an enemy.

- Believing they have spoken to God, and God told them to "Take Him Out." 

- Paying for a background check on the person to try and dig up dirt from their past.

- Paying thousands of dollars to register the person's business name as a National Trademark to harm his business.

- After being accused of fraud and losing in court, paying to register the same trade name again.

- Creating dozens of fake facebook profiles to spread the word about this person they have become fixated on.

- Creating over 125 videos about the person full of false information.

- Creating at least 18 different YouTube channels to publish these videos over and over.

- Contacting the place where the person volunteers and giving them false information.

- Posting lies about the person in facebook groups asking people to contact his business accounts.

- Continuing to do this after losing many friends over his behavior.

When does someone cross the border from "religious fervor" where they honestly believe they are doing God's work to dangerous psychopath? All psychopaths are sociopaths, but not all sociopaths are psychopaths.  Another article addresses the difference.

Psychopath vs. Sociopath: What’s the Difference?

According to the Society for the Study of Psychopathy, psychopath traits include:

  • Lack of guilt/remorse
  • Lack of empathy
  • Lack of deep emotional attachments
  • Narcissism
  • Superficial charm
  • Dishonesty
  • Manipulativeness
  • Reckless risk-taking

In addition to the behavior listed above, this person also claims to have an IQ "in the top .05%" and claims to be listed on some National Genius List, although no such list exists. He seems to have no close friends and lives alone in the woods. He has a history of alcohol abuse and multiple DUI offenses, as well as a criminal history for harassment.  I'm no expert on the subject, but from what I can see this person seems to be a narcissistic sociopath or a psychopath, and a real danger to society. 

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