My current posting is Psychiatry and to be honest, I actually don't like it at the very first place. Why? Because you know it isn't that challenging like other postings. In fact, you have to deal with insane people. That's what I thought.
But after a few weeks in this posting, it totally have changed my perspective about it. Mental illness is a very serious problem in the society. Many of us are having one, but only a few of us want and willing to seek for treatment in health care services. This is due to the social stigma; people will labelled those who went to the psychiatrist as 'crazy' hence they are not willing to share about their problems and prefer to deal it alone. They do not have guts to seek a doctor for help. Little that they know that it hurts from inside and slowly taking a toll on their life.
There is a lot of mental illness. They are schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, Sexual disorder like pedophilia and many more (just to name a few). When we see people talking to themselves, behave aggressively, we quickly judge them. We tend to label them 'insane' or 'crazy' and hence avoid them. But do we really know what they are having and dealing with? They might be hearing voices that talking to them and command them to do things that they would never want to. We often see these people who are mentally ill as a threat and afraid to go near them.
“Generally, there has been an increasing burden of mental health problems over the past 10 years and it is expected to rise over the next 20 years unless measures are taken to address those issues,” The Star, August 2014.
According to the World Health Organization, depression is expected to be the leading cause of disability by 2020.
You can read more here.
Based on the statistics, more Malaysians are expected to suffer mental health problems. This could be due to the job-related stress, unemployment, high-living costs and relationship problems. Some people might say that, "just because of these things and you got depressed? You must be kidding me!"
Well, you might be good in handling the stress, but some people are just not. They might be thinking way too far and then boom! They have depression or bipolar disorder.
Not every Malaysians know and aware about this issue because they don't get enough explanation and exposure about it. We need to create more awareness to the society about this issue.
Take home message:
If you don't feel good, you feel like you are not acting like usual or you feel you want to talk to somebody, don't be afraid or shy to seek for treatment. It doesn't have to be you, it might be your family or friends.
Spread the awareness and stop being judgmental.