Jerusalem Syndrome


Jerusalem syndrome is characterized by mental phenomena that involve the presence of either religiously themed obsessive ideas, delusions, or other psychosis-like experiences that are triggered by, or lead to, a visit to the city of Jerusalem. It is not restricted to any religion or denomination.

The condition seems to emerge when people who had a history of mental illness, or who were unwell before coming to the city, visit Jerusalem. It seems to consist of usually transient psychotic delusions, which tend to dissipate within a few weeks after being removed from the area.

Symptom-based approaches or careful withdrawal of antipsychotic drugs after cessation of the psychosis in those people in whom antipsychotic treatment was needed should be attempted. However, Jerusalem syndrome needs to be distinguished from a first or recurrent psychotic disorder that requires long-term antipsychotic treatment.

Anyone ever wonder why this city has this kind of effect on people?

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Posted on June 18, 2015, in Medical, mental health and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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