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Sanity and SanctityMental Health Work Among the Ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem$
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David Greenberg and Eliezer Witztum

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300071917

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300071917.001.0001

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Phenomenology and Differential Diagnoses of Nocturnal Hallucinations

Phenomenology and Differential Diagnoses of Nocturnal Hallucinations

11 Phenomenology and Differential Diagnoses of Nocturnal Hallucinations
Sanity and Sanctity

David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the diagnosis of nocturnal hallucinations and the general presentations of which it is part. It suggests that the content of nocturnal hallucinations can be understood as a combination of childhood fears, based on culturally consistent spirits and the souls of the departed. The diagnoses are likely to be varied, including psychotic states, grief reactions, depression and anxiety, and chronic adjustment difficulties; these are in many cases secondary to lifelong learning difficulties.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, nocturnal hallucinations, young Jewish men, learning difficulties

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