Delayed diagnosis of physio-kundalini syndrome: Case report of a Canadian psychiatric patient.

Journal article describing a case study of a patient who presented at an Emergency Room, and through consideration of cultural (spiritual) practices an updated diagnosis was provided.


In this paper, we present the case of a 40-year-old woman who—after a considerable delay, of some three or more years—was eventually diagnosed by a psychiatrist as suffering from the physio-Kundalini syndrome. After a presentation of the facts of the case, the paper will go on to explore the possible reasons for the delay in diagnosis. Although the classic Western literature on kundalini awakening and spiritual emergency emphasizes the need to distinguish the physio-kundalini syndrome from various psychiatric disorders, especially psychosis, this case highlights the need to distinguish the physio-kundalini syndrome from various physical disorders because it was predominantly physical complaints with which the client presented, repeatedly, to the emergency room and it was predominantly medical differential diagnoses, rather than psychiatric ones that were entertained. This paper reflects on the question of how a delay in diagnosis could have been avoided. Many scholars in the field have argued for greater awareness about the physio-kundalini syndrome among therapists and mental health professionals. We entirely endorse that suggestion but we argue, based on the experiences of the client presented in this case report, that there should be more awareness of spiritual emergency and the physio-kundalini syndrome in the general medical and nursing communities as well.

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Journal Article
Benning, T.
Rominger, R.
Harris, K.
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Spirituality in Clinical Practice
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