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A Potential Problem in Differentiating Religious Delusions and Beliefs
  • Aliakbar Kouchakzadeh,
  • Alireza Alikhani,
  • shahriar gharibzadeh
Aliakbar Kouchakzadeh
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
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Alireza Alikhani
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
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shahriar gharibzadeh
Shahid Beheshti University

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Abstract

Delusion is an important symptom in psychiatry practice and can be a sign of a serious mental disease. Many psychiatric disorders include delusions in their clinical presentations. There are different theories about the nature of delusions but one of the most dominant ones is that delusions are beliefs in essence. In this paper, we suggest that this shared doxastic nature of delusions and beliefs, alongside DSM-5's subjective definition, makes it difficult for psychiatrists to distinguish delusions from non-pathological religious beliefs. This difficulty can lead to noticeable consequences.