It is difficult for me, as with others, to see my illness (or to be frank, anyone’s illness) as demon-derived. It is also difficult for me to see the immediate release and cure of the man with the demon, as that is certainly not the experience of most Christians who suffer mental ill-health. I think sometimes this leads to unrealistic expectations from Christians, who think that if we pray, take charge of “demons” etc then the person will immediately become cured, in sound mind and sitting with Jesus. The trouble being that we are not Jesus, and cures and miracles in the gospels are for specific reasons, not always being just for the purpose of freeing the person. Miracles in the gospel are “signs”, as John’s Gospel puts it, “signs that you may believe” rather than simply being for our comfort. While Jesus healed many he did not heal all, and we do of course know that there were people with physical illnesses and deficiencies who did not get healed and yet were Christians. I don’t have an answer to the “is it demons” thing, as I don’t know what to make of it. I do hate the way that some Christians say that we are demonised because we have mental health problems but do not say that about physical illnesses, even though Jesus cured a woman of a bad back that was given her by a demon.