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?
Constitutional Court of South Africa
A special ceremonial session of the Constitutional Court to mark the retirement of Justice Johann van der Westhuizen, after the completion of his twelve (12) year term on the Court, will take place in the Court on Friday 29 January 2016 at 10am.
The Chief Justice and other Justices of the Constitutional Court, as well as representatives of the Executive, Parliament and the legal profession will participate in this event. It is open to the public and to the media. Available seating may be limited.BACK TO TOP