American Psychological Association To Classify Belief in God As a Mental Illness


American Psychological Association To Classify Belief in God As a Mental Illness

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a strong and passionate belief in a deity or higher power, to the point where it impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters, will now be classified as a mental illness.

The controversial ruling comes after a 5-year study by the APA showed devoutly religious people often suffered from anxiety, emotional distress, hallucinations, and paranoia. The study stated that those who perceived God as punitive was directly related to their poorer health, while those who viewed God as benevolent did not suffer as many mental problems. The religious views of both groups often resulted in them being disconnected from reality.

Dr. Lillian Andrews, professor of psychology, stated, “Every year thousands of people die after refusing life-saving treatment on religious grounds. Even when being told ‘you will die without this treatment’ patients reject the idea and believe that their God will still save them. Those lives could be saved simply by classifying those people as mentally unfit for decision making.”

“Jehovah Witnesses for instance,” Dr. Andrews continued, “will not accept blood under any circumstance. They would rather die than to receive life-saving donor blood. Many religious people believe they have “healing power” in their hands. Many believe they can communicate with God using a personal language, which is unknown to anyone but the communicator and God (known as speaking in tongues). Many often tell of seeing spirits. All of these are signs of a mental break and a loss of touch with reality. Religious belief and the angry God phenomenon has caused chaos, destruction, death, and wars for centuries. The time for evolving into a modern society and classifying these archaic beliefs as a mental disorder has been long overdue. This is the first of many steps to a positive direction.”

With the new classification, the APA will lobby to introduce legislation which would allow doctors the right to force life-saving treatment on those who refuse it for spiritual reasons on the grounds that they are mentally incapable of making decisions about their health.

The American Psychological Association says more information about the study and the new classification will be made available to the public in their upcoming journal (which is expected to be release in early August).



  • magormissabib

    All youre saying is that you have faith in scientists. So direct the contempt you have towards religion at your dumb self.

    • My2Cents

      I direct my contempt at the contemptible, as it should be. That includes all religions, and now you as well. I have seen that particular video, and Professor Dawkins is 100% correct. Don’t be mad that you went in with a preconceived bias and lack the education to fully understand the subject matter. Both of those facts can be changed. But it’s you who has to do the work, which we both know you don’t possess the personal motivation of scientific curiosity nor the intellectual honesty to achieve.

      • anglo-saxon

        Seems to me you are the one with the preconceived bias. You despise all religions yet you really know nothing about them. You are not very scientific minded at all. You just parrot Dawkins.

        • My2Cents

          First of all, you have no clue what subjects I do or do not know about (or in this case, have studied extensively over the course of three decades)… For instance: Did you know that I am currently working on a BA in Microbiology? Or that I was raised by religious parents and family and other people (therefore not a “preconceived” bias)? And did you know that I was religious myself well into my thirties? No. I bet you had no idea.

          When I was young, I believed in a god. I wanted to believe. I really did. That whole afterlife spiel sounded pretty good, except for the being judged on my every thought, deed, and whim part… But I was… let’s call it “dissatisfied”… with Christianity’s (Southern Baptist) teachings’ answers about the world around me, so I sought out other faiths… Catholicism, Mormonism, Scientology, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhism, Shinto, Islam, Baha’i, Taoism, Judaism, and even Zoroastrianism. I studied them all, both as a believer and as a seeker, from the age of 16 to 35. I have found none that explain Reality nearly as well as science (NOT EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE). Mainly because the common thread they all share is the belief in some sort of magic and the supernatural, and an unhealthy fear of death that inevitably is followed by eternal judgement by some invisible creator in some vague and indescribable afterlife on a different plane of existence or you get some sort of “do-over”, yet have zero evidence of any kind to back it or anything else up. The logic of which is as non-existent as their understanding of nature. The other common thread they all share is the people at the top, their leadership, are wealthy, while the congregations are not… yet those at the top ask for more and more from those poor believers. It is a scam ran by the greedy against the poor, weak-minded, scared, and desperate to keep them docile and under control. But I digress…

          As for “parroting Dawkins,” that’s only true if you include EVERY person who studies biology (especially evolutionary biology), as we are all saying the same things because all of our multitudinous informational sources are accurate and up-to-date. So, in other words, the entire field of biology “parrots Dawkins” (or he parrots us) because he is using the same information on the subject as the rest of us who study it. So, whether or not I meet YOUR standards of “scientific minded” or not, I couldn’t care less.

        • My2Cents

          First of all, you have no clue what subjects I do or do not know about (or in this case, have studied extensively over the course of three decades)… For instance: Did you know that I am currently working on a BA in Microbiology? Or that I was raised by religious parents and family and other people (therefore not a “preconceived” bias)? And did you know that I was religious myself well into my thirties? No. I bet you had no idea.

          When I was young, I believed in a god. I wanted to believe. I really did. That whole afterlife spiel sounded pretty good, except for the being judged on my every thought, deed, and whim part… But I was… let’s call it “dissatisfied”… with Christianity’s (Southern Baptist) teachings’ answers about the world around me, so I sought out other faiths… Catholicism, Mormonism, Scientology, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhism, Shinto, Islam, Baha’i, Taoism, Judaism, and even Zoroastrianism. I studied them all, both as a believer and as a seeker, from the age of 16 to 35. I have found none that explain Reality nearly as well as science (NOT EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE). Mainly because the common thread they all share is the belief in some sort of magic and the supernatural, and an unhealthy fear of death that inevitably is followed by eternal judgement by some invisible creator in some vague and indescribable afterlife on a different plane of existence or you get some sort of “do-over”, yet have zero evidence of any kind to back it or anything else up. The logic of which is as non-existent as their understanding of nature. The other common thread they all share is the people at the top, their leadership, are wealthy, while the congregations are not… yet those at the top ask for more and more from those poor believers. It is a scam ran by the greedy against the poor, weak-minded, scared, and desperate to keep them docile and under control. But I digress…

          As for “parroting Dawkins,” that’s only true if you include EVERY person who studies biology (especially evolutionary biology), as we are all saying the same things because all of our multitudinous informational sources are accurate and up-to-date. So, in other words, the entire field of biology “parrots Dawkins” (or he parrots us) because he is using the same information on the subject as the rest of us who study it. So, whether or not I meet YOUR standards of “scientific minded” or not, I couldn’t care less.

    • My2Cents

      No, I was directly challenging you to prove all of us who “have faith” in facts (which is the same as having knowledge, as opposed to just “believing”) wrong with your theory. What’s the matter? You sure seem to think you have the be-all/end-all answers… why not get off your lazy ass and do the work to prove your case? Because you don’t have it in you. But don’t feel bad. No one else who believes in the supernatural has ever been able to do it either, so you are in vast company (I’d have said “good company”, but I couldn’t bring myself to lie about the nature of the ridiculous, even in jest, even ironically. In truth, you company would be just as absurd as your are, maybe worse, and I wouldn’t wish that headache on anyone).

      • God hates you

        Your whole argument is just lame. if you want to know your earthly father do you go to a stranger and ask about him. its ludicrous. If you want to know God go to God. and stop with the ridiculous sophism’s.

        • My2Cents

          I can’t go to imaginary friends/creatures (like deities) for information and neither can you. Nor can I go to those who believe in them, for they are both the perpetrators of, and teachers of, misinformation at best, and outright lies at worse. But, unlike yourself, it would seem, I’m not satisfied with talking to myself under the guise of “prayer.” And your false equivalency logical fallacy is the only lame sophisms here. And your belief in a deity is far more ridiculous than anything I could possibly say. I mean, what proof do you have that there even is a god? Let me guess… you FEEL it is true. Well that’s neither good enough for me, nor evidence at all. Good luck with all that.

    • My2Cents

      No, I was directly challenging you to prove all of us who “have faith” in facts (which is the same as having knowledge, as opposed to just “believing”) wrong with your theory. What’s the matter? You sure seem to think you have the be-all/end-all answers… why not get off your lazy ass and do the work to prove your case? Because you don’t have it in you. But don’t feel bad. No one else who believes in the supernatural has ever been able to do it either, so you are in vast company (I’d have said “good company”, but I couldn’t bring myself to lie about the nature of the ridiculous, even in jest, even ironically. In truth, you company would be just as absurd as your are, maybe worse, and I wouldn’t wish that headache on anyone).

  • Simon Bar

    I bet you failed the 3rd grade.

    • magormissabib

      ad homnem

    • magormissabib

      Go back to your peep-hole at the public toilet.

      • Simon Bar

        WOULD YOU BE THERE?? I’m guessing you know quite a bit about this.. like all the religious perverts, child molesters.

  • magormissabib

    “You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions,” -Er No, I didnt!

    “but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.”

    Er No, Im not , one bit. I simply told you that you dont know God because God abhors the proud and arrogant.

    “you don’t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies …”

    Um , youre the one who should flinch knowing that those judgments were pronounced on the rebellious wicked like yourslelf.

    “You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans,”

    Um no, I didnt.

    “You
    are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the
    scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years”

    I never said that!?

    You see a pattern here. Look idiot. Straw men arguments are another type of logical fallacy. Get a clue. Troll.

  • magormissabib

    “You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions,” -Er No, I didnt!

    “but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.”

    Er No, Im not , one bit. I simply told you that you dont know God because God abhors the proud and arrogant.

    “you don’t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies …”

    Um , youre the one who should flinch knowing that those judgments were pronounced on the rebellious wicked like yourslelf.

    “You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans,”

    Um no, I didnt.

    “You
    are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the
    scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years”

    I never said that!?

    You see a pattern here. Look idiot. Straw men arguments are another type of logical fallacy. Get a clue. Troll.

    • Simon Bar

      Plain and simple.. just a dumpster fire of a human being, westboro batshit!

      • magormissabib

        ad hominem yawn

  • magormissabib

    “You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions,” -Er No, I didnt!

    “but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.”

    Er No, Im not , on bit. I simply told you that you dont know God because God abhors the proud and arrogant.

    “you don’t even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies …”

    Um , youre the one who should flinch knowing that those judgments were pronounced on the rebellious wicked like yourslelf.

    “You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans,”

    Um no, I didnt.

    “You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years”

    I never said that!?

    You see a pattern here. Look idiot. Straw men arguments are another type of logical fallacy. Get a clue. Troll.

  • magormissabib

    The crusades were a response to Muslim invasion/ aggression moron. If it wasnt for the crusades you sodomites would all be being thrown off if buildings.

    • My2Cents

      I said “religion” caused the Crusades to happened… How is that
      inaccurate in any way? What the feck are you babbling about? Are you
      drunk? How does being an atheist make me like butt stuff? Why would
      doing butt stuff ever be a good excuse for throwing people off if [sic]
      buildings? You are not a good person if you think anal play = death

      penalty. That’s some evil sh!t, man. I question your life choices…

      • magormissabib

        Dont try and pretend you didnt mean what you said. You said the crusades as an attempt to bash Christianity. Im sick and tired of talking to high school dropouts.

    • My2Cents

      I said “religion” caused the Crusades to happened… How is that
      inaccurate in any way? What the feck are you babbling about? Are you
      drunk? How does being an atheist make me like butt stuff? Why would
      doing butt stuff ever be a good excuse for throwing people off if [sic]
      buildings? You are not a good person if you think anal play = death

      penalty. That’s some evil sh!t, man. I question your life choices…

  • My2Cents

    Yep. And I have a literal mountain of scientific studies to back my knowledge of that fact up with. What have you got that beats that?

    • magormissabib

      Thats a fairy tale.

      • Simon Bar

        lol…your god of the gaps is disappearing by the year….. goodbye skydaddy!

        • magormissabib

          God is not in the sky imbecile.

          • Simon Bar

            agree, first accurate statement you’ve made here. god is nowhere….. except in the delusion of certain people’s mind. A figment of scared people’s imagination. I get the overwhelming impression you are not aware of your opposing view, or for that matter, basic science. It is frustrating debating ignorance, so I’ll let you keep the delusion. Please keep it to yourself. ISIS is the cousin of any religious fanatic.

          • magormissabib

            The delusion is yours , that you can defy God and escape his wrath. that you will not reap what you sow. Science? Shut up about science. Its not scientific to reject something prior to investigation. God exists and he can be found by those who seek with humility and sincerity- two characteristics you severely lack. Rotten old sodomite

          • Simon Bar

            OK… Bye crazy person!

          • magormissabib

            asked and answered troll. Try reading the article instead of just the headlines. The article says when religious beliefs ”impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters.” I have no such impairment though you seem to.

          • magormissabib

            asked and answered troll. Try reading the article instead of just the headlines. The article says when religious beliefs ”impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters.” I have no such impairment though you seem to.

          • Brian_Joness

            is “humility” blindly believing something some old dude in a robe tells you? Did you put too much trust in that guy, especially as a child?

          • magormissabib

            Its the opposite of you, who thru pride stirs up contention.

        • magormissabib

          disappear troll

      • Brian_Joness

        Just because something is not known or proven yet, doesn’t mean that fairy tales are real. A long time ago it was unknown what creates lightening, that doesn’t prove that God was mad and throwing down lightening bolts from heaven. Seems like if we had lived back then, though, you would be making that argument.

        • magormissabib

          well if its not known, its not science . duh.

        • magormissabib

          God does control the lightning , and all the weather but that does not take away the contingency of second causes. 2Sa_22:15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.Job_28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
          Job_37:3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.

    • magormissabib

      “I have a literal mountain of scientific studies to back my knowledge of that fact up with.” Thats what all you dopes say. You probably dont really understand the first thing about it.

      • My2Cents

        Putting aside your feeble ad hominem attack, despite your assumptions about my apparent lack of education on the subject matter, *MY* understanding of the subject matter is not what should be in question here, and is ultimately irrelevant due to the fact that if I was a “dope”, as you said, and so were everyone else in the world; we “dopes,” for not believing that a magic man in the sky Willed all of nature into being, means you’d still be behind any and all of our research anyway, due to the inherent self-correcting honesty of the scientific method, and the inherent dishonesty of all religions, past/present/and future globally. We “dopes,” having found anything at all that was demonstrably, verifiably, and repeatably true about the nature of reality would advance science forward, whereas religion has to keep changing its story every time science tests those pathetic, nonsensical, logic-defying “theories” of theirs about the world around us and how it works. How many times has science changed their theories? All the time! New data is discovered and must be added or otherwise factored in, daily! But doing so only makes the science truer, hardier, better able to stand up to scrutiny. How many times has science changed to suit religion (now that the religious can no longer keep it silent by force)? Not once… How many times has the opposite occurred and religion has had to surrender to the overwhelming evidences that science has revealed to and about the world? Every time. Every. Single. Time. Your “God of the Gaps” is looking less and less omnipotent every day. Every. Single. Day. He. Shrinks. So again I ask… what do you have that beats the scientific evidence? Not a damn thing, just as I thought. Nice try trying at evading the question, though. Evolution is a FACT. It is the basis of all modern biological knowledge. This includes germ theory, gene theory, modern medicine etc. We have never found anything that contradicts the theory of evolution. Not once. Ever. And neither will you. And that isn’t an insult about your obvious lack of basic education as we have observed here… more like a declaration on my part in my deeply held belief that you, yourself, and the metaphorical you that is everyone but me, are incapable, despite any level of education requirements, of finding anything that contradicts Evolutionary Theory that will stand up to any serious scrutiny. Not you. Not anyone. That’s what makes it a fact. You can have your own opinions about anything you like… but no one gets to have their own facts. They are everyone’s and no one’s. Evolution is a fact. Deal with it. Seriously, go educate yourself. If you had the good sense to realize it, you’d be embarrassed at how dumb you sound with this anti-science creationist nonsense you’re spouting. I’m embarrassed for you. I kinda feel bad having laid out how stupid your argument is for everybody here to see… just a little.

      • My2Cents

        Putting aside your feeble ad hominem attack, despite your assumptions about my apparent lack of education on the subject matter, *MY* understanding of the subject matter is not what should be in question here, and is ultimately irrelevant due to the fact that if I was a “dope”, as you said, and so were everyone else in the world; we “dopes,” for not believing that a magic man in the sky Willed all of nature into being, means you’d still be behind any and all of our research anyway, due to the inherent self-correcting honesty of the scientific method, and the inherent dishonesty of all religions, past/present/and future globally. We “dopes,” having found anything at all that was demonstrably, verifiably, and repeatably true about the nature of reality would advance science forward, whereas religion has to keep changing its story every time science tests those pathetic, nonsensical, logic-defying “theories” of theirs about the world around us and how it works. How many times has science changed their theories? All the time! New data is discovered and must be added or otherwise factored in, daily! But doing so only makes the science truer, hardier, better able to stand up to scrutiny. How many times has science changed to suit religion (now that the religious can no longer keep it silent by force)? Not once… How many times has the opposite occurred and religion has had to surrender to the overwhelming evidences that science has revealed to and about the world? Every time. Every. Single. Time. Your “God of the Gaps” is looking less and less omnipotent every day. Every. Single. Day. He. Shrinks. So again I ask… what do you have that beats the scientific evidence? Not a damn thing, just as I thought. Nice try trying at evading the question, though. Evolution is a FACT. It is the basis of all modern biological knowledge. This includes germ theory, gene theory, modern medicine etc. We have never found anything that contradicts the theory of evolution. Not once. Ever. And neither will you. And that isn’t an insult about your obvious lack of basic education as we have observed here… more like a declaration on my part in my deeply held belief that you, yourself, and the metaphorical you that is everyone but me, are incapable, despite any level of education requirements, of finding anything that contradicts Evolutionary Theory that will stand up to any serious scrutiny. Not you. Not anyone. That’s what makes it a fact. You can have your own opinions about anything you like… but no one gets to have their own facts. They are everyone’s and no one’s. Evolution is a fact. Deal with it. Seriously, go educate yourself. If you had the good sense to realize it, you’d be embarrassed at how dumb you sound with this anti-science creationist nonsense you’re spouting. I’m embarrassed for you. I kinda feel bad having laid out how stupid your argument is for everybody here to see… just a little.

        • magormissabib

          yakity yak, I scanned your comment and stopped when I saw “magic man in the sky” a lame attempt at an logical fallacy called appeal to ridicule. God is not a man and neither is he in the sky Dimwit.Talking to you dimwits is like talking to a door. What anti science? Science is observaton, it repeatable and testable and the fairy tale of evolution is NOT it.

          • Brian_Joness

            “neither is he in the sky”
            Then who was Jesus going to see when he ascended into the sky? Maybe he was blasting off to visit the Mormon planet of Kolob, he started that religion too y’know.

  • distendedGhost

    Amendment 1 Congress shall make no law respectingan establishment of Religion, prohibiting (stopping) the free exercise thereof.Don’t stop reading because there’s more which is or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, Ok the meanning of abridging is derives from a Middle English word in meaning deprive but is old- fashioned word and you can say cut short. anyway let’s go on in reading. The right of the people peaceably to assemble (gather together in peace), and to petition the Government for a redress of grieveances which mean to correct or resoled undesireable and unfair situation so we can petition our Government because it’s our right and we can.
    We should say seperate church from the Government but not Church from the State for it names people. The tittle above on this page say believing in God is a mental illness and that is ridiculous by what American Psychological Association gives and anyway God in his word instruct us that he created the Earth, the Planets and everything in the Universe or space include the Sun and the Moon. This is contrary to the theory of the Big Bang explanation that our Scientist say in the evolution. Look at people because we didn’t arrived by chance or evolve from Apes or Chimps and last Pre-historical man or woman ( caveman) is an idea from science. Dinosaurs is a different subject for what the scientist discover in ways of bones is the teaching that God created the first Animals in which they reproduce as everything goes on.

  • magormissabib

    Every one knows the APA was taken over by the militant sodomites in the 70s. See youtube video

    “Unbiased, Open Research [on Homosexuality] Was Never Done”

  • magormissabib

    Every one knows the APA was taken over by militant homosexual activists in the 70s. See youtube video :

    “Unbiased, Open Research [on Homosexuality] Was Never Done”

  • magormissabib

    EVERYONE knows the APA was taken over by militant homosexual activists in the 70s: See youtube video:

    “Political Correctness Rules, Not Science”

    “Unbiased, Open Research [on Homosexuality] Was Never Done”

  • magormissabib

    You dont know You have no understanding. which comes from God. You dont have because you dont ask. You hate the light because you love darkness. This is your condemnation.

  • magormissabib

    Washington sort of agrees with you . He said to be suspicious of men (atheists) that undermine the very things that bring health and prosperity to the land, namely religion and morality.

  • magormissabib

    Canada, land of the sodomite damned.

  • Lourdes Maria Sandoval

    Belief in God isn’t a mental illness. Homosexuality, pedophiles, murderer’s and more are mental illnesses.
    #americanpsychologicalassociation go get your head checked! You’re the one’s mentally I’ll! #Godisreal #Godisnotdead #Godisfullyalive

  • Lourdes Maria Sandoval

    Belief in God isn’t a mental illness. Homosexuality, pedophiles, murderer’s and more are mental illnesses.
    #americanpsychologicalassociation go get your head checked! You’re the one’s mentally I’ll! #Godisreal #Godisnotdead #Godisfullyalive

    • cecilia

      there’s still isn’t verifiable evidence that any supernatural entities exist.