Psychoses caused by mineral imbalance and pharmaceuticals
Type of spiritual experienceHallucination
So.... pharmaceuticals and ECT treatment produce mental illness, quite an admission. Brave men - or maybe they didn't realise what they were saying.
A description of the experience
Compr Psychiatry. 2000 Nov-Dec;41(6):450-3. Can delirium relieve psychosis? Malur C, Fink M, Francis A. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 11794-8101, USA.
A delirium presages a poor prognosis in hospitalized patients, but an incidental delirium is a feature of some psychiatric treatments.
We report five cases in which delirium preceded the relief of affective and psychotic symptoms of a major mental illness.
The experience stimulated a review of the literature on delirium in psychiatric treatments. Five inpatients (aged 53 to 69 years) with an exacerbation of chronic mental illness developed deliria from medications (n = 4) and electrolyte disturbance (n = 1).
The deliria were managed with medication washout or correction of electrolyte imbalance.
The progress of the patients was noted clinically and summarized. The clinical signs of delirium such as confusion, disorganized speech, sleep-wake cycle changes, and hallucinations persisted for 24 to 72 hours.
As the delirium cleared, psychotic and affective symptoms improved or resolved.
The improvements persisted for 1 to 5 months, with low doses of medications in two of the cases.
A delirium may precede clinical improvement in affective and psychotic symptoms. Historically, some treatments for mental illness induce an incidental delirium (e.g., electroconvulsive therapy [ECT] and insulin coma).
Why a delirium should presage a beneficial effect on psychosis is unclear, but the emergence of delirium may herald a beneficial pathophysiology.