Dr. Richard Gallagher’s recent commentary on his belief in witchcraft and demonic possession (“As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession,” July 1) seems to give a contemporary confirmation of that old epithet for his vocation — “headshrinker.”
By his own words, he appears to have a delusional disorder.
This is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as “an illness characterized by at least one month of delusions but no other psychotic symptoms.”
Unfortunately, Dr. Gallagher is someone who has the legal authority to confine other people involuntarily and prescribe very powerful, poorly understood drugs.
Someone is possessed for sure.
Loren Acord, San Luis Obispo