Quote of the week

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
17 December 2015

Back in the new year

I am taking a break from Blogging until early in 2016. Unless something earth-shattering happens which requires urgent comment, there will be no Blog post until early in 2016.

I would like to thank all the loyal readers of this Blog for the helpful feedback I receive from time to time in emails and when I encounter readers at public events. I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

See you in 2016.

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