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?
General: Godfrey Pitje Inaugural Memorial Lecture
The Godfrey Pitje Inaugural Memorial Lecture, to be hosted by the Black Lawyers Association, will be delivered at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, on Friday (18:30 for 19:00) by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. The lecture will focus on the principles of the late Godfrey Mokgonane Pitje under the title ‘The life of Godfrey Mokgonane Pitje as a professional, activist, educator: Reflections to aspiring lawyers.’ For more information, contact Busani Mabunda, at email@example.com or 082 964 4490.BACK TO TOP