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A Complex Case of ‘Speaking in Tongues’

  • Oyedeji Ayonrinde
  • Sanjeevan Somasunderam
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Abstract

Faced with unfamiliar clinical presentations, cultural differences and spirituality issues, the psychiatrist is confronted with an interesting conundrum – separating psychopathology from cultural beliefs and establishing a therapeutic relationship across faith. In this case, migration, spirituality, cultural issues and emotional distress are explored across an interface with police, the emergency room and psychiatric evaluation.

Keywords

Religious or spiritual problem Cultural concepts of distress Spirituality Cultural formulation interview Brain fag syndrome 

Notes

Disclosure Statement

“The authors have nothing to disclose.”

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  1. Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders: American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership Steering Committee, 2016 American Psychiatric Association Foundation.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Hotel Dieu HospitalKingstonCanada
  3. 3.Maudsley hospital, Denmark HillLondonUK

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