[…]One reason could be that the mental health care system is shy about seeing new religious preoccupations as symptoms. Psychiatrists and psychologists don’t want to step on the toes of religious freedom. But it is time for mental health professionals to be alert and ready to respond with real and comprehensive evaluations whenever any Westerner suddenly and intensely embraces radical religious beliefs, particularly Islamic ones.

Another reason, of course, is that our mental health care system is in shambles, with most people having no real access to comprehensive psychiatric services unless they pay thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, or much more. So parents who might be concerned that their sons or daughters seem to have been “captured” by irrational ideas have almost nowhere to turn.[…]

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