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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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Paradise Regained

Paradise Regained

Breaking Through the Mask of Catatonia

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Sanity and Sanctity

David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

Yale University Press

This chapter presents the case of Avraham, who was initially diagnosed as “psychotic” and prescribed large doses of antipsychotic medication. His lack of response to treatment prompted therapists to try alternative methods, including hypnosis and guided imagery. Avraham's case demonstrates the apparently delayed effects of loss and recurrent trauma, and how they were mitigated by a combination of traditional psychiatric methods and traditional Jewish concepts.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, psychosis, hypnosis, guided imagery, trauma

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