In Eastern-Orthodoxy, in the medieval times like the Byzantine Empire, Russian Empire. etc. How did the Church and the priest saw people who today we know suffer from mental illness like bipolar, schizophrenia, paranoia, etc.? What this seen as a spiritual problem? Possibly demonic activity or demonic possession? How was it treated?

  • For illness, there is the sacrament of holy unction; for the possessed, there are the prayers of John Chrysostom and Basil the Great. – Lucian Oct 29 '20 at 11:57
  • Lucian. Sure, but my question was if in the past, people who where sick of metal illness s, not demon possessed. Where systematically "diagnosed" as possessed? – Dan Oct 30 '20 at 11:20
  • Only some of the mentally afflicted are violent. – Lucian Oct 30 '20 at 11:40
  • Does this answer your question? Did any Church Fathers write anything about mental illnesses? – Alex Jan 8 at 0:48

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