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Vol. 40, No. 6, 2007
Issue release date: September 2007
Section title: Case Report
Psychopathology 2007;40:461–464
(DOI:10.1159/000108125)

Meditation-Induced Psychosis

Kuijpers H.J.H. · van der Heijden F.M.M.A. · Tuinier S. · Verhoeven W.M.A.
aVincent van Gogh Institute for Psychiatry, Venray, and bErasmus University Medical Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Abstract of Case Report

Accepted: 7/17/2006
Published online: 9/11/2007

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

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Abstract

Background:Meditation is a self-regulatory psychological strategy that is frequently applied in Western as well as non-Western countries for different purposes; little is known about adverse events. Sampling and Methods: A male patient is described who developed an acute and transient psychosis with polymorphic symptomatology after meditating. A literature search for psychotic states related to meditation was carried out on PubMed, Embase and PsycInfo. Results: In the case presented a diagnosis of acute polymorphic psychotic disorder was made. Other case reports dealt with either a relapse of a pre-existent psychotic disorder or with a brief psychotic reaction in patients without a psychiatric history. Conclusion:Meditation can act as a stressor in vulnerable patients who may develop a transient psychosis with polymorphic symptomatology. The syndrome is not culture bound but sometimes classified in culture-bound taxonomies like Qi-gong Psychotic Reaction.


  

Author Contacts

F.M.M.A. van der Heijden, MD, PhD
Vincent van Gogh Institute for Psychiatry
Stationsweg 46
NL–5803 AC Venray (The Netherlands)
Tel. +31 478 527 339, Fax +31 478 527 110, E-Mail fvanderheijden@ggznml.nl

  

Article Information

Received: June 8, 2006
Accepted: July 17, 2006
Published online: September 11, 2007
Number of Print Pages : 4
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 25

  

Publication Details

Psychopathology (International Journal of Descriptive and Experimental Psychopathology, Phenomenology and Psychiatric Diagnosis)

Vol. 40, No. 6, Year 2007 (Cover Date: September 2007)

Journal Editor: Akiskal, H.S. (San Diego, Calif.)
ISSN: 0254–4962 (print), 1423–033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Case Report

Accepted: 7/17/2006
Published online: 9/11/2007

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP


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