The demon tells a story to the shrink

What people once ascribed to demonic possession now gets tagged as schizophrenia (or some variant). We may go from prayerful incantations to talking cures, or from incense and holy water to drugs and electrical stimulations, but still we use phrases like "his inner demons..." because the figurative grasp seems to fit at least as well as the neurochemical.


Especially when the sudden violence against a loved one is so unexpected, irrational, and cruel.


Don't ask me how I know this.


"Thoughts and prayers" may oft seem perfunctory and empty, but when pharmacy and chemistry fail, what's left?

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