The process of spiritual awakening is a time of upheaval and may be misunderstood as melancholia, mania, or psychosis. We need to know the difference! The religious experiences across different cultures have been studied and categorized for recognition. The DSM 5 has delineated the symptoms of mental illnesses , but there can be some interesting overlap of experiences. This presentation also examines the false processes in many cults or religious groups and how they differ from the spiritual awakening process.
Bio: Theresa A. Yuschok, MD, is a psychiatrist with long-standing interests in spiritual and psychological growth. She is President of the C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle, Director of the Durham VA Medical Center Mental Health Clinic,and in private practice in Chapel Hill