A Complex Case of ‘Speaking in Tongues’

  • Oyedeji AyonrindeEmail author
  • Sanjeevan Somasunderam


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.


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


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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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