Demon Possession and Mental Illness

by Angela Brooks

Demons and mental illness the relationship between them


In mental health one of the largest topics I hear are ghost, demons and crazy. I guess you could say all of these are true to describe the history of mental health in many way.

When we consider Jesus' understanding of demons, however, it is really not satisfactory to suggest that He was limited by a lack of scientific knowledge. Demons, if they exist, are spiritual beings and Jesus came to bring spiritual truth.

Jesus clearly cast evil spirits out of many people who He met (Matthew 4:24, 8:16; Mark 1:32, 4:41). However, we are told about 6 cases in some detail:

The demon possessed Gerasene(s): Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:2-20; Luke 8: 26-39
A demon possessed mute man: Matthew 9:32-34; Luke 11:14-26
A demon possessed blind and mute man: Mt 12:22-28
The Canaanite or Syro-Phoenecian woman's daughter: Matthew 15:22-28; Mark 7:25-30
An epileptic boy: Matthew 17:15 -21; Mark 9:14-2 9; Luke 9:3 8-43
The man in the synagogue at Capernaum: Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:33-36

With that said, let me also add I am not a religion scholar student on demons nor in the name of religion – so I want be debating against one or the other on this post. I am a mental health nurse of 21 years. I am going to share a story with you and allow you to call it what ever you like. I have my opinion and I will keep that to myself. What I witnessed was in full color, full volume, hair raising, live and in person event that occurred many times with many witnesses.

Over the course of around 8-10 yrs we had a client that came into the facility for lengthy stays. With many attempts and failed home visits she continue to stay in the confines of the walls.

She was a tall slender young female with a babyish childs voice. Who dressed neat an took care of her personal hygiene…until she got sick. At first the staff related her odd an unusual behavior on her menses, then noticed her mothers visits seem to trigger an out burst. The out burst became so severe she was even sent to another facility to be observed for attention seeking behavior – she returned with a diagnose that read she could control her behavior at will. The staff who worked with her felt a little differently.

Normally she would sit on the hall an read her bible day in an day out. She  needed continuous reassurance that she was ok, an a good girl. Very polite. Until she requested to go into the quiet room.

The quiet room had a window with a screen across the bars for protection an a sheet less plastic covered  mattress that laid on the cold tile floor. A mirror that over looked the room in the ceiling, a small single light bulb. With a flap over the 3ft x 2in  window in the door to be observed by the staff.

Once she entered the room she striped her clothes off an began spinning in circles. Making snorting animal sounds. Her voice deepen, she grunted an gnashed her teeth. If you were not standing observing the activities in the room you would swear someone took a pitcher of water an slowly poured it over her head. Her body was drenched
with water – her head would snap back an her eyes would disappear in her head. She was not able to communicate or hear staff talking to her, and when she talked – it was not her voice but a males. The staff were to observe an protect her if she started to harm herself.

She would fall to the ground masturbate then urinate all over the room. Staff would remove her from the quiet room in a covered sheet to clean the room, give her a shower then escort her back to the quiet room at her request.

This behavior or state of mind could continue for 24 hrs or several days. The sounds that came from her were not your normal human sounds. They raised the hair on the back or your neck an you knew there was something in that room besides just her. You felt the thick, heavy, feeling which is hard to describe but everyone felt it.  Was it demons? Was it out of control behavior? Demonic take over.  No one knows for sure. Once she had cycled through for many hours of internal torture. She would stand up after flailing on the mattress nude, Her baby childish voice returned as she knocked on the door. "Ma'am can I come out now, I will be good. I want to get a shower." Just like that it was over.

When questioned one time "why do you do that?" She replied,'I don't know – he does." He never had a name, we just knew who she was talking about. She took a shower, and cleaned herself up then began reading an carrying her bible again. She would always ask "'God loves me right? I am good. I am sorry I acted like that"

I don't have the answers. Our staff witnessed a spiritual take over of some kind. I have observed that these clients cling to the bible. They read. They pray. They want reassurance that God has not left them. They beg him and pled for help. A life no one wants to live

Angela is a nurse that has worked for 21 years in the same state funded psychiatric hospital assisting some clients that others might refuse to treat. She works on the psychiatric ward.

She also runs her own company on the side and supports other nurses in how to bring passion into their role at work. Out of the box remedies for speaking to people and more.

* Please note: I am not here to CURE, DIAGNOSE, Treat or suggest replacements
for what a doctor prescribes – I am sharing my nursing adventures with you.

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1 Carla J Gardiner September 29, 2010 at 7:25 am

Whoa Angela. You are right, this one was more intense than the last. I don't know how you do what you do…all I know is that there are a lot of people very glad that you do.
Be safe my friend and keep the stories coming.


2 Ashley Rozar September 29, 2010 at 7:33 am

yes, sometimes people can't even realize demonic was in them, I recongize the ugly change and knew it is not normal. it is like they used people to poke me, wanted to see me failure and use people to tempting me with painkiller, tempting me with lust, many more is not from God, it is the demonics that devil control because knew I will be skyrocket success and devil doing this to prevent from happening. God promised me, he walk with me all way to the END and will overcome the obstacle in every aspect of my life.

3 Lisa January 14, 2011 at 7:14 am

Religion is inherently linked with repression, usually sexual repression. The power this has over the mind is incredible. look at what happens when we damn a powerful river. The mind is awesome and creative and when the body is not permitted to behave in a natural way (usually caused by parental abuse by the devoutly religious or other unstable, tormented individuals) it manifests in a kind of damning up. the mind or body cannot remain like this and will always have moments of balancing, or acting out the repressed tendencies which by this time have transformed into any number of disturbing characters and 'demons'. I am not saying that she is or is not possessed – she could be taken over for a short time by some entity, I have no idea. However the possibility that it is entirely from her own mind cannot be ruled out. She may speak with a delicate voice but her vocal chords are physically capable of producing any number of different sounds – even a deep gravelly, demonic voice. again it is well documented the physical power the human body has when in extreme situations. incredible strength, levitation etc. Under the influence of drugs we're able to see flying, purple elephants and any number of bizarre creations normally tucked away in our subconscious for dream- time. 
My guess – this girl has been severely abused by her parents, sounds like her mother. imagine growing up believing that unless you were good you would burn in hell forever or that little girls are dirty and their vaginas are unclean and shouldnt be touched or need to be cut to be made clean and pure and that if you keep reading this strange book full of contradictory and quite frankly idiotic stories and rules you will be transformed into a good person. i find myself losing my grip on sanity just thinking about that kind of childhood. If that is what her start in life was like NOTHING she does would surprise me. 

4 heavenbound777 May 31, 2012 at 8:02 am

if what your saying is true which i have no reason to doubt you then i would definitely  agree this was demonic possession. i myself have witnessed an ordinary woman go through a similar  scenario minus the kicking screaming sort of thing ,and had a witness with me as well.but i would have to tell you  just to be very careful around that sort of thing for it can latch onto you if your not strong enough to defend yourself against it.and also do you still work in the same facility? and what have you guys done to help the woman? instead of meds. you should have a priest come in and perform an exorcism. thank you for sharing your story ,your story can bring others closer to christ

5 Gary January 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I am convinced you witnessed a demon attack. Please see my blog article about recent events..

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