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?
It has been quite a hectic few weeks on the legal and political scene and some days I hardly had time to digest it all. I have not had time to thank all the commentators on this Blog who have kept up quite a lively, sometimes very robust and often informative and interesting debate going here. So, thanks! You keep me on my toes and make me think and reflect about my own views. Now if we can only get Mr Malema to reflect on his.BACK TO TOP