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).


  • mchasewalker

    “And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.” Thomas Jefferson to Pres. Adams

  • Peoplejustdon’tgetit

    You wrote, “God won’t change.” I answer:

    God does not exist.
    God(s) do not exist.
    People who choose to believe the myth, create their own personal delusion to accommodate their desire to believe.

    I will not die in my “sins”.
    I will die in my humanness…the same humanness that gives each one of us the potential to be a beacon for unconditional love, kindness, compassion, equality, and truth. That is the only truth about death that is a fact.
    I have no need for a make-believe god or to believe in ancient fairy-tales.

    • magormissabib

      God exists and he hates limp wristed atheists. The delusion is that you can defy god and escape his wrath.

      • Peoplejustdon’tgetit

        magormissabib,

        The church I used to go to taught God is love and we focused on verses like these:

        1 John 4:16
        … God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

        1 John 4:8
        Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

        My old church taught that as “Christians”, we are to be the best reflection of love that we can be because God is love. We learned and discussed how grow in love. It’s a lot harder to do than ya think.

        If a thought or feeling came from a place other than love, it was not of god and could be viewed as a red flag that an emotion or thought was out of balance, because god is only love.

        In love, there is no condemnation. In kindness, there is no condemnation. In compassion and forgiveness, there is no condemnation. God is love and Love is god. It’s all about the love.

        Your god sounds revengeful, wrathful, hateful, and judgmental. If I was going to believe again, I sure would take my old church’s god over your hateful and condemning god.

        • magormissabib

          lol an athiest now going to teach us about the Bible . God hates you. Ps 5:5 You are a fool. Ps 14:1

          • Peoplejustdon’tgetit

            LOL! I’m an atheist who knows her bible better than you, apparently… According to this verse, you are hell-bound.

            Matthew 5:22 – “and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”

            Watch what you say. Bwaaaahhhh!

          • Peoplejustdon’tgetit

            LOL! I’m an atheist who knows her bible better than you, apparently… According to this verse, you are hell-bound.

            Matthew 5:22 – “and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”

            Watch what you say. Bwaaaahhhh!

          • magormissabib

            No, You dont know the Bible , keep reading the passage says “without a cause” its is God who says he hates all workers of iniquity and it is God who says athheists are fools Try doing your homework I gave you the verses.

          • Peoplejustdon’tgetit

            “without a cause” is not in all the manuscripts. Check your sources. What religion are you? Do you even attend a church/mosque/temple? What church teaches such hate, anger and condemnation?

          • vasile cristi

            a father loves his child. god doesn’t

          • magormissabib

            Such a pathetic Bible ignorant, unlearned thing to say. God loves his people and hates all workers of iniquity. Crack a Bible.

  • Peoplejustdon’tgetit

    You wrote, “God won’t change.” I answer:

    God does not exist.
    God(s) do not exist.
    People who choose to believe the myth, create their own personal delusion to accommodate their desire to believe.

    I will not die in my “sins”.
    I will die in my humanness…the same humanness that gives each one of us the potential to be a beacon for unconditional love, kindness, compassion, equality, and truth. That is the only truth about death that is a fact.
    I have no need for a make-believe god or to believe in ancient fairy-tales.

  • PDuncan12345

    Wow. So you have some quotes. Big deal. I have a thousand times that many that say just the opposite. Just because there are 40+ people just as ignorant as other believers doesn’t make any of them right. And as far as “if the Universe had not been made with the most exacting precision we could never have come into existence” DOESN’T MEAN A GOD MADE IT. How stupid can you be? The Universe DID come into existence with such precision that human beings evolved from it over millions of years. I’m sorry you were such a miserable Atheist and had to turn to a make-believe spirit in order to fulfill you, but I’m as happy as a lark knowing there is no god. I’m not weak, I don’t need a crutch, and I’m not afraid to make my own decisions in life. You just can’t seem to grasp that if there WERE a god, he’d be THE most arrogant asshole there is and no one with a brain would want to have anything to do with him anyway! Terrorism, war, poverty, hunger, homelessness, rape, murder, disease, CHILDREN dying from Cancer are all around us and you PRAY to the asshole who allows it all to happen. THAT is why it is now considered a mental illness!

  • PDuncan12345

    WELL it’s about time, that’s all I can say!!!

  • PDuncan12345

    Wow, that just made you sound crazier than people already know you are.

  • Distressed7

    Anybody that can talk generalized crap like yours is specifically ignorant to no end. Of course ignorance is revered as intelligence in today’s nightmare of worship of self. Seriously, I have often felt that at times I have had to minister to the mental health professionals I was in one way or another paying.

  • brad mayeux

    so when George Bush said “God told me to invade Iraq”
    we could have put him in an institution ?
    DAMN…
    too late…

  • Robert Zane

    You sir are full of shit!!!!!!

  • Robert Zane

    Folks you can bet your ass that all these so called intellectuals who say if you believe in a higher power your mentally unstable have never been in a foxhole.The first thing that happens as your being shot at with machine guns is you shit yourself and call for mama
    and then ask God for forgiveness.So keep on believing he’s there!!!!!!!

  • Then the APA needs to classify belief in government as a mental illness. There is no government; only a group of clergy who vote or write religious text and a group of criminals who enforce what they call law.

  • 3seas

    On the flip side there is agenda 21 population reduction to 1/2 billion, GMO food, vaccine overdoses and polluted vaccines, nuclear radioactive leakage polluting ocean life and our ocean food, chemtrails blocking sun for vitamin d production reduction, fraudulent vaccines claimed to be one thing but actually sterilization, and all this to intentionally weaken our immune system.

    So what is this really all about? Money! The medical industry wants to help drain personal value from people and their families in the population reduction efforts. Now you know why teh affordable care act is not affordable and why it really exist.

  • Mike Pence comes to mind. Also Ted Cruz.

    • dschieder

      As well as George W. Bush who declared that he was God’s instrument to bring about the end of times by fomenting war in the Middle East as forecast in Revelations.

    • dschieder

      As well as George W. Bush who declared that he was God’s instrument to bring about the end of times by fomenting war in the Middle East as forecast in Revelations.

    • SouthernNYer

      I would say Pence is much closer to biblical living than Cruz ever was or will be… I would also say that Trump.. who honestly cares for people, is closer to biblical living than Cruz or most big time evangelists.. Christ said “You will know them by their works”. not their words…

  • HK__Man

    Every day, thousands of unborn babies die because people don’t believe in God.

  • randomdude

    Do you call the children of dead soldiers wicked? what about the children who pray for their fathers to return safely, only to have a corpse, if that.

    • magormissabib

      Patriotism is idolatry, especially in a nation that detests the God who blessed them and one that considers every abomination that God abhors, a civil right.

      And you can get off the whole ”atheists know more about the Bible”. All you know about the Bible you got from some atheist website from some atheist who read it looking for things to twist in an attempt to discredit it and defend their rebellion of God.

      • randomdude

        The whole concept of religion in the first place is easy to discredit when it’s on nothing but faith taught by your parents.

        Now, the whole patriotism thing: One, someone defending a nation can do so simply for the sake of protecting their families with a greater force than their own. Two, how is it patriotism to just want your family to be safe again?

        • magormissabib

          …Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
          Psa 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

          • randomdude

            if that’s the case, then any existing god is a horrible keeper to keep letting lunatics bomb innocent civilians in every country. God has not stopped robbers from breaking houses. New computer viruses crop up daily, killings are so common we make jokes about it as normal life. How is he keeping ANYTHING?

            Face it, what happens is based on our own actions and the actions of others, not a divine being. As such, we have to take our own precautions. God’s not keeping out robbers, security cameras and defenses do.

          • magormissabib

            God does not “let them” God does it.

          • randomdude

            so god is supporting the enemies of his own religion?

          • magormissabib

            Man is at enmity with God.Rom_8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:

          • randomdude

            and the infants that are victims? So even those who are too young for conscious thought?

          • magormissabib

            quit whining.

          • randomdude

            I am not whining, simply pointing out the your logic is flawed. Anything based on religion is easy to poke holes in. Also, I have noticed you haven’t tried to refute the heavily proven evolution theory after I provided so many links.

            pro tip: reliable sources add credibility

          • magormissabib

            You are whining. “Life is unfair” blah blah. Its people that have it too good ungrateful brats that whine aobut how unfair life is.

          • randomdude

            I do not whine about life being unfair, rather I see it as proof that there is no higher power acting on the world.

          • magormissabib

            Thats not what you said. You said God is not keeping out robbers computer viruses , bombers etc etc You are whining and you dont understand the simple concept hat GOD sends these evils to punish you for your sins. And you are so bible illiterate. It says unless GOD keeps the house all your efforts are in vain.

          • randomdude

            God has not been a solution. My own skills and the tools I have available have protected me from malware and allowed me to clean machines.

            I avoid robbers by making myself seem as small a target as possible, such as never using anything larger than a 20, avoiding carrying much value in the first place, and generally staying in safer areas, where there are security cameras.

            So far, my caution has kept me safe, not a divine power. Those who are careful and do not take unnecessary risks are the ones with the least problems.

            Logic wins, and all religion offers is fear mongering. Try using your brain and think for yourself.

          • cecilia

            I guess theists aren’t smart enough to use Linux or CrapCleaner if they are stuck with WIndows
            LOL

            I’m with you – a good application of Street Smarts is what has kept me safe for decades. No magic needed.

          • randomdude

            Here’s a tip if Crap cleaner fails, give Malwarebytes a shot and don’t run the normal version, use the chameleon version. Works great if the malware is jamming installers like the carp on my sister-in-law’s machine was

          • randomdude

            Here’s a tip if Crap cleaner fails, give Malwarebytes a shot and don’t run the normal version, use the chameleon version. Works great if the malware is jamming installers like the carp on my sister-in-law’s machine was

          • magormissabib

            Thats not what you said. You said God is not keeping out robbers computer viruses , bombers etc etc You are whining and you dont understand the simple concept hat GOD sends these evils to punish you for your sins. And you are so bible illiterate. It says unless GOD keeps the house all your efforts are in vain.

          • magormissabib

            Your precautions ? they will fail unless GOD is with you and he is not with this sodomite nation. God has a million weapons in his armory

          • randomdude

            They’ve worked so far. I’m in one piece, my machines are free of malware and functioning properly, thanks to preventive maintenance, and I have not been personally robbed.

            fear only works on those who have no will of their own.

          • magormissabib

            Instead of giving thanks. dont worry , your day will come.

          • magormissabib

            Your precautions ? they will fail unless GOD is with you and he is not with this sodomite nation. God has a million weapons in his armory

    • magormissabib

      Patriotism is idolatry, especially in a nation that detests the God who blessed them and one that considers every abomination that God abhors, a civil right.

      And you can get off the whole ”atheists know more about the Bible”. All you know about the Bible you got from some atheist website from some atheist who read it looking for things to twist in an attempt to discredit it and defend their rebellion of God.

  • magormissabib

    I dont understand. Going to college and getting a degree in what, womans studies or gender studies makes you an authoritiy on life? Hardly.

  • IamBetter ThanYou

    sorry… POTENTIAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE A HIGH RATE OF CHILD MOLESTATION, ABUSE AND ANTI AMERICAN AGENDAS WILL BE REGULATED AND WATCHED….
    and you don’t allow anything…. this is OUR country… a non religious country…. go back to Iran and N Korea….
    if I catch your anti American butt on the street: YOU’RE DEAD

    • pearl87

      Of course, you losers always resort to threats and violence because you aren’t mentally sound. This is why the criminally insane are so dangerous. People of faith, btw, don’t behave in such anti-social ways. Perhaps you should go to church and learn to control your demons.

    • pearl87

      Of course, you losers always resort to threats and violence because you aren’t mentally sound. This is why the criminally insane are so dangerous. People of faith, btw, don’t behave in such anti-social ways. Perhaps you should go to church and learn to control your demons.

  • cecilia

    What I need for proof is verifiable, repeatable EVIDENCE. Faith is belief without evidence and that’s a fool’s game.

    I have a brain and I’m not going to stop using it because you find that inconvenient. The ignorance is all on your end.

    • Fluky Bird

      The Christmas tsunami…..happened on Christmas 2004 in US time.
      The Bible reveals that the presence of God can cause the earth to tremble. He uses such upheaval to send a powerful message: “Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob” (Psa. 114:7).

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      • cecilia

        hey, I’ve read several books about Harry Potter – he MUST be real…after all, it’s all in a bunch of books…in fact they even made films.

        and, frankly, the Harry Potter books are WAY better written than that stupid bible.

    • Fluky Bird

      The Christmas earthquake /tsunami of 2004. It happened on dec 25 USTime.
      The Bible reveals that the presence of God can cause the earth to tremble. He uses such upheaval to send a powerful message: “Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob” (Psa. 114:7).

  • pearl87

    Rationalizations aside, this is a Christian country and you cannot change that fact. Keep fighting, tho, and you will earn your horns. I only hope you wake up in time.

    • cecilia

      America is a Secular country. YOU are legally allowed to practise whatever religion is your choice in your home, in your church and with others who believe as you do.

      THAT is what the FIrst Amendment is about. No one can use the government to push their religion onto other citizens. Religion is a private matter. Keep it private and I’m fine with whatever you think.

      Once you start pushing your christian privilege in public, that’s when I have a problem with you.

      The ONLY thing I’m “fighting” for is the values of the Constitution and Bill of Rights

  • cecilia

    hey, asshole…prove that there’s a god.

    every time you theists get frustrated because the rational people demand EVIDENCE you always and predictably come out with a THREAT.

    well, no one is scared of your boogeyman.

    I am the one who adds meaning to MY life and MY life has been well lived. I’ve done great work that will live long after I’m dead. I have fulfilled MY destiny. I have nothing to be ashamed of.

    The same can’t be said about losers like you.