Dr James Faust is a Psychiatrist and Chief Advisor on Mental Health to the CDC
==Atlanta , Georgia
While it is not unusual for acute mental illness sufferers to report similar delusions , it is unusual for the pattern to change so suddenly and be so widespread. The most disturbing observation is the reports of acute psychosis has tripled since this same time last year.
Often times a patient with an acute mental illness such as a psychosis will speak of religious delusions . This is thought to because the use of religion in their recovery or upbringing. Religion and associated ideas and imagery are suspected to trigger psychosis in certain cases since it meant to be awe-inspiring, mystical and preternatural.
In trying to determine the cause of so many cases of acute psychosis this year we looked at a large sample of new sufferers and directed our attention to workings of the brain itself. It was surprising to find that almost every case the patients brainwaves were alternating very quickly between Beta and Delta. We are unable to determine the cause and similarly their delusional complaints focus on shadow people.
Delusions of shadow people is nothing new. Methamphetamine addicts whose use cause them acute psychosis often speak of shadow people.
There is new fad of sorts that might account for the increase cases and it is use of a device called Bad Dreaming by those who use it recreationally. The technical terminology is Beta Delta Alternating inducement pulsing. The device is put to the forehead and causes the brain alternate between Beta and Delta brainwaves. This is a very dangerous fad as it can, indeed, trigger psychosis.
Anytime we see a major change in the pattern of mental health issues across society it has to be studied carefully to determine if there is an underlying cause that can be addressed instead of treating each sufferer individually.