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Depressive disorders and religious conversions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  894274     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The sparse psychiatric literature concerning religious conversions is reviewed. Four case histories of diagnosed depressive illness followed by religious conversion are presented. In two obsessive-compulsive patients, the religious experience failed to resolve the depression, and both ended in suicide. Two hysterical personalities had a resolution of depressive symptoms following the religious experience. The authors suggest that religious conversion dynamically strengthens repression in hysterical persons, but in some cases fails to resolve obsessive isolation of affect and ambivalence.
J O Cavenar; J G Spaulding
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  165     ISSN:  0022-3018     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  1977 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-10-31     Completed Date:  1977-10-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375402     Medline TA:  J Nerv Ment Dis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  209-12     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Compulsive Personality Disorder / diagnosis
Depression / diagnosis*,  therapy
Histrionic Personality Disorder / diagnosis
Middle Aged
Religion and Psychology*

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