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My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
26 March 2010

He was laughing, he told me recently, because otherwise he would cry. A member of the government, his sense of the chaotic disorganisation that is the defining feature of so many national departments is driving him to hysteria. And it starts at the top. The presidency appears to be in a mess. – Richard Calland writing in the Mail & Guardian on the Zuma Presidency

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