Mystical Delirium

The mystical delirium differs in expressed mystical content of patient experiences, his conviction that there is something mysterious, inexplicable. The mystical delirium includes crazy ideas of religious contents, stories of the patient about the other world.

Religious experience requires consideration of religious and mystical states. Naturally, there are differences between not pathological and pathological mystical phenomena. But differences between them aren’t obvious. Inspirations, revelations, prophecies, apparitions, ecstatic experiences and obsession are known for many millennia. They are understood ambiguously by psychiatrists; isn’t found out when they express religious experience and when relate to psychopathology.

The mystical feeling of release and pleasure pulls together religious and mystical states with a maniacal phase of affective psychosis. Voices, orders, feeling of management of the highest forces are similar to a hallucinatory paranoid syndrome. Leaving from the outside world and detachment are close to a schizophrenic autism. In mystical states speech is often unclear, elaborate, and it reminds confusion of the speech at acute psychoses. The mysticism is interpreted in psychiatry as being on the verge of normal state of mentality and psychosis.

Mystical experiences have characteristics:

- Impossibility to express completely in words the state.

- Intuitivism (penetration, inaccessible to common mind into truth depth that is expressed by revelations, internal enlightenment).

- Short duration (temporary restrictions of religious and mystical states for 30-120 minutes).

- Will passivity.

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