In most cultures mental health issue is associated with unclean spirit, demon possession and witchcraft.
Research have shown that 1 in 4 will experience mental health issue in their life time. Does it mean therefore 25% of the world population are witches or possessed by evil spirit or demons?
I know this is an uncharted territory that will raise eyebrows however I want if possible many responses to help me solve this enigma. I am very interested in this topic as I want answers for my sordid experience and abuse in my childhood. At age 9 in September 1978. I was sent to boarding school by my lovely parents who wanted the best education for me. 2 weeks into my stay I was accused of inflicting malaria through witchcraft. I was beaten, deprived of sleep and ostracised this was a game changer in my life.
I became condemned and damaged psychologically. Most people did not want anything to do with me. I was publicly humiliated, tortured and subjected to inhuman degrading treatment. This was when I lost trust in people. In the culture I was growing up it was believed someone can be initiated through food and when one passed away the witchcraft will be found in the stomach. This was when I stopped eating peoples food because I was scared of being poisoned. From my experience/education/treatment both CBT & EMDR. I can now say the genesis of my mental health issue especially delusional symptoms stem from my false accusation as a child witch.
Research carried out by University of Warwick concluded that people abused nor bullied as a child have a tendency to develop mental health issue later in life. From the foregoing it can be said that is not mental health issue that is demon possession nor witchcraft but the abuse melted out on innocent people by wrongly accusing them of being witches that triggers or caused mental health issues in people. Those fake men of God especially in developing countries who constantly accused innocent people of being witches are not only tortiously liable but also destroying innocent people excellent mental health.