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Is Schizophrenia a Medical Condition or Demonic Possesion?

Updated on June 1, 2012
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Testimony of a Schizophrenic

Can demonic influence cause an illness?

Throughout my years of working in inner healing and deliverance ministry, I have encountered more than a few cases of people who suffered from depression, bipolar disorder and other types of mental illnesses. Many of these people were set free after going through one or more deliverance sessions. In the bible, we find several examples of people that had demon inflicted physical and mental infirmities (read Mark 5:1-5 and Matthew 9:33). When Jesus prayed over these people and commanded the evil spirits to leave, they were healed immediately. This is not to say that ALL illnesses are caused by evil spirits, but in my experience in the deliverance ministry, I can assure you that many mental diseases are caused by demonic influences.

In the case of schizophrenia, I have known at least three people close to me that were very normal and vibrant children and teenagers up until their late teens and early twenties, when the first symptoms of schizophrenia suddenly started setting in. Although modern medicine has classified schizophrenia as being caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, my personal observations from the cases I have dealt with lead me to believe that there may be other causes. All the symptoms that these three people I know experienced as schizophrenics where the same symptoms I have seen for many years with some of the people suffering from demonic possession whom I have ministered deliverance to. Some of these symptoms include:

  • hearing voices in their head
  • feeling of paranoia
  • split personalities
  • abnormal sexual conduct
  • deep depression or bipolar conduct
  • violent behavior
  • incoherent ramblings or rants
  • delusional thoughts and hallucinations
  • inappropriate behavior (laughing hysterically for no good reason)


Aren't most mental illnesses hereditary?

Just because a mental illness is hereditary, doesn't mean that demons are not the culprit. When an illness is classified as being "hereditary", this just means that it has been transferred from past generations, such as breast cancer. The bible calls this "generational curses". Generational curses are brought upon by the sins of our ancestors. Hence, I do believe that demonic influence can and may be behind many hereditary illnesses. I once had a case of a young girl who suffered frequent epileptic attacks. She had been diagnosed by doctors since she was a child as an "epileptic", and was being treated with medication for a long time. After a deliverance session, this young girl was set free and never again experienced further epileptic attacks. It just so happened that there was a history of epilepsy in her family (generational curse). You see, demons work through the central nervous system and can distort the functionality of the body´╗┐ and mind. I know this is probably hard for most people to believe, but nonetheless, I have known many people who have been set free of epileptic attacks, bipolar disorders and many other types of mental illnesses, through inner healing and deliverance.

I do want to clarify that I am not a psychologist or any type of medical practitioner, and I will never try to persuade anyone with mental problems or any other serious illness to stop seeking professional or medical treatment. My opinions are based on my experience as an inner healing and deliverance minister and my personal observations of the deliverance cases that I have dealt with, plus the knowledge that I have acquired from the biblical scriptures.


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      CarrieG 2 years ago from Nevada

      Shirleybrieva,

      It is nice to meet like minded people when it comes to this subject. I too am a deliverance minister and know what you are talking about. I believe that when Jesus went to the cross he took those stripes for every sickness and disease and that is including mental illness of all kind. He said "by my stripes you are healed" he didn't say maybe, or one day...but said "YOU ARE HEALED". So I will refuse the bag of snakes that Satan wants to offer to me as sickness and disease. This is a good hub, thank you for going through and writing this hub. I too wrote a hub that I was very uneasy to write, "The underground ministry" which turned out to be 5 parts. Again thank you for sharing.

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      CeciliawomanofGod 3 years ago

      My nephew is has been diagnosed with the same here, I have been caring for him 19 years. He has been heavly attacked daily. He gets used to the meds and reverts back every two weeks. He is hospitalized right now. I KNOW THEY ARE DEMONS!!! I am not afraid if them and contend with Jesus for him daily. NO one seems to be fearless enough to do a deliverance with me. Any suggestions???

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      Jinks2014 3 years ago

      Hi Shirleybrieva,

      I agree with your post. I wanted to know if I can contact you and you can help me. My close one is going through a lot of distress due to voices in his head, they even cause him physical pain. Please let me know if you can help us.

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      Monz28 3 years ago

      Hi Shirleybrieva.

      I know this was written more than a year ago but I was wondering if you could help me with some questions? i have a close family member who is diagnosed with Schizophrenia. As it relates to deliverance, I was just wondering if there are steps prior to praying for deliverance. See, the people who are around the individual with schizophrenia and are essentially her caretakers have not completely embraced the idea of Schizophrenia being demonic and are very "sensitive" to address the topic. Is it essential for all those involved first acknowledge that we are dealing with a demonic spirit and not a physical ailment?

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      TC 4 years ago

      This is a question I always wondered too... I myself is diagnosed with the skitzo

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      I hope it does help someone. For those who have been taking medication for years with no results have another avenue to check out. This is very serious and more thought needs to be given to these medical conditions. Just because it's taboo doesn't mean it doesn't exist as a possibility. Good luck and Godspeed

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      shirleybrieva 5 years ago from Lauderhill, Florida

      Amethystraven, thank you for your comment and for being open-minded. I was kinda hesitant to write about this subject but I did it anyway believing that it might help someone out there who is willing to believe and try a different approach to their problems. And I totally agree with you regarding your comment on the "chemical imbalance" diagnosis!

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      Shirleybrieva, I have often wondered the same thing for many years. I have encountered a lot of people working front desk at a probation office as well as front desk at a Cash Aid office where behavioral health had an office in the building. There were a lot of people that would come in diagnosed with schizophrenia. They would stand at the front desk and speak to someone that I could not see with my own eyes. I once asked a young lady a question, and when she turned to look at me I sensed that there was someone else with her, but I couldn't see who or what. Ever since then, I asked myself if it was demonic possession. While I am no minister, I am sensitive to the living and the dead. It is something I cannot control, but have been aware of since the age of 12. When I looked into her eyes it was like I could see her looking at me, as well as something else looking at me. It was uncomfortable. There have been several other people I have encountered with the same diagnosis, and I get the same uncomfortable feeling from them. Their eyes always have a far away glazed look to them. Their actions are mechanical medication or not. I often wonder with Western Medicine, if something cannot be explained right away, is it called chemical imbalance? I believe in generational curses. It does not sound crazy at all to think that. It seems people don't want to believe that demons exist and can do these things to people. If God exists, so does the devil. It is a misunderstood Yin and Yang. One cannot exist without the other. I believe the devil wants people to misunderstand so that he can do his work and manipulate people with misconception. It is a good way for him to hide, yet be out in the open at the same time. This is a great hub. I'm glad I'm not the only person who has thought this. Take care and keep up your good work :-)