(HERALD SUN) — Exorcists who claim depression and schizophrenia are demons that can be cast out are treating children as young as two for possession, prompting medical warnings.

Exorcisms, religious rites some think can expel devils from people, are reportedly on the rise in Australia.

Michelle Pecoult, from Perth-based non-denominational Christian ministry Set Right, said it did four or five exorcisms a day and had treated a two-year-old.

The child had “started growling and snarling.”

“(The demon) was told to leave and in 20 minutes left. The child didn’t know (it had happened),” she said.

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