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familiar with the term EMF, but from a different standpoint, and generally on a superficial level. Electronic equipment, everything from your cell phone, lamps, computer, the wiring in your home, to power lines running along the highway in the middle of nowhere all give off EMF. Simply put, EMF is electrical current given off at a low frequency. Given that the human body itself has surges of electric energy caused by chemical and other processes occurring within our systems of which we are unaware, it stands to reason that EMF in the environment can influence those in our bodies. High EMF levels in the environment may be caused by old or faulty wiring or electronic equipment of any size, an old radon detector, for example. Proximity to power lines and transformers, areas with a large amount of power boxes, older outlets and wires in the same area may result in significantly high EMF levels. EMF levels affect different people in different ways. Some people are sensitive to EMF (in the same way that fluorescent lighting gives some people headaches, but not others). These individuals may experience the symptoms associated with high EMF with lower levels or shorter duration on exposure. People exposed to high EMF levels for long periods of time on a regular basis are susceptible to these effects. paranormal enthusiasts are

mimic activity. Depression is among the most common conditions. Depression may present with thoughts on death, sleep disturbances (the results of which are detailed above), changes in behavior and thought process, thoughts of impending disaster, and in severe cases even hallucination and delusional thought. Many of these symptoms may be misinterpreted as a spirit attachment or a house affecting the individual. Hallucinations, detailed above, are perceptions which may involve any of the senses that are in fact not true, though to the individual experiencing hallucinations, they are quite real. Delusions are a persistent belief that has no basis in truth; one example might be that a demon is attempting to enter one’s body, or aliens are attempting to abduct. As you might imagine, these symptoms are markedly likely to invoke one to seek assistance for paranormal activity, since to this person, they are quite real and unshakable. More serious mental health issues include but are not limited to Delusional Disorder, Hyperactivity/Hyper-focus, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Dissociative Identity Disorder. These conditions are also commonly marked by hallucinations and delusions, as well as “bizarre” behaviors, which could lead one uneducated in the field to

headache, feeling as though you are being watched, hallucinations, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and other potentially serious health issues may appear. It is of great importance that a thorough sweep of a site be done as part of an initial visit and all other visits to the home. Focus on outlets, computer equipment, radon and other detectors, fish tank motors, areas with a large number of power boxes, wires, older appliances, ceiling fans, etc. During interview, ask when the wiring in the house was last updated. If high levels are found, the client should be advised to correct these issues. After this has been done, return and resweep the site. If levels are back to a “normal” ambient EMF level (generally 0.0-0.4), these claims have been debunked, and your client should feel more at ease.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 20% of the population experience mental illness in any given year, with only half receiving treatment. With this in mind, the interview and referral process must include questions designed to gently and without judgment vet out the possibility that paranormal claims may be the result of mental illness, treated or untreated, as some medications prescribed for psychological disorders have

side effects which also may