It seems America isn’t the only country that has a problem with people who believe in exorcising demons. In Australia, they’re apparently performing exorcisms on kids as young as two years old, which has psychologists very concerned — and for good reason.
Michelle Pecoult, from Perth-based non-denominational Christian ministry Set Right, said it did four or five exorcisms a day and had treated a two-year-old.
The child had “started growling and snarling”.
“(The demon) was told to leave and in 20 minutes left. The child didn’t know (it had happened),” she said.
The ministry’s website claims depression is a “common low-ranking demon” while schizophrenia is “another demon we have met often and evicted”.
Dr Choong-Siew Yong, who represents psychiatry on the Australian Medical Association’s federal council, said he was concerned about untrained practitioners making claims that contradict science. He warned that saying someone was possessed could reinforce their delusions and stop them getting proper care.
“There is an enormous amount of research that has discredited the idea that people with psychiatric conditions such as depression and schizophrenia are because of demonic possession,” he said.
The ones who really need the psychological help are the people who believe in demon possession.