The people who follow the QAnon belief system subscribe to some strange and distressing ideas, including about satanic, cannibalistic pedophiles and biological weapons. It might be tempting, and easy, to stop there and dismiss them.

But Sophia Moskalenko, a social psychologist at Georgia State University, looked more closely, digging into court records and other public statements by QAnon adherents, or their attorneys.

In her prior research, she found that accused terrorists are much less likely to have a mental health diagnosis than an average member of the public. Researching her forthcoming book, though, Moskalenko found allegedly violent QAnon followers are very different.

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Jeff Inglis

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Data indicates QAnon believers may be more likely to be mentally ill. AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma

Many QAnon followers report having mental health diagnoses

Sophia Moskalenko, Georgia State University

QAnon followers are different from the radicals I usually study in one key way: They are far more likely to have serious mental illnesses.


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