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4 review for Hallucinations in Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Masters

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Although somewhat outdated this study is still essentially confined to the analytical methods of standard modern psychiatry. That being said, I nevertheless find this subject absolutely fascinating. Case study No. 1 involves a seven-year-old boy who was admitted to the city hospital after telling his teacher that he was going to jump out of the window because the devil told him to. It turned out he’d also carried out a number of other previous trivial actions based on the Devils instructions. Th Although somewhat outdated this study is still essentially confined to the analytical methods of standard modern psychiatry. That being said, I nevertheless find this subject absolutely fascinating. Case study No. 1 involves a seven-year-old boy who was admitted to the city hospital after telling his teacher that he was going to jump out of the window because the devil told him to. It turned out he’d also carried out a number of other previous trivial actions based on the Devils instructions. The child described the Devil’s voice as being as real as the interviewer at the hospital and that he also “looks black, looks crazy and smells pickley.” The book goes on to suggest that due to several factors children may be predisposed to report the experience of hallucinations to a greater extent than adults and then attributes these factors to degrees of stress they may be enduring, in the end reaching the obvious conclusion that a sharp distinction can’t be made between “psychotic” and “normal” thinking in children and that there is a wide phenomenological grey area. This to me all boils down to the problem of the very definition of insanity itself and brings to mind the classic P. K. Dick Valis quote: “The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than a razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Osiris Oliphant

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie McGarrah

  4. 5 out of 5

    NAMI Seattle

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