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BFM Psychiatry Series: Suicide and the Media

This is my recent interview on BFM.my radio about suicide and the role of the media in portraying the issues surrounding that.

From BFM: How suicide is reported or portrayed in the media has a huge impact on people who are watching or reading it. Assoc Prof Dr Amer Siddiq bin Amer Nordin, Consultant Psychiatrist from University Malaya Medical Centre, discusses the responsibility of the media to portray suicide in a sensitive manner.

If you are struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts or if you simply need to talk to someone, call The Befrienders KL at 03-7956 8144/8145 or e-mail sam@befrienders.org.my. It’s free and confidential.

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Listen to it here: https://www.bfm.my/hl-suicide-and-media

Produced by: Kelly Anissa
Presented by: Tee Shiao Eek

Ep.64 – Psychotherapy

Together with Dr. Aida Syarinas.

It is a psychological method to manage stress (talking therapy)

Types of therapies

  • Cognitive behaviour therapy – working forwards
  • Psychodynamics therapy – working backwards
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness – breathing exercises
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Supportive psychotherapy – assist patients to get where they need to go
  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy – for people stuck in certain life events or choric pain
  • Marital therapy
  • Eclectic therapy

Duration

Depends on individual issues:

  • CBT – 12 sessions
  • Psychodynamics – 20-40 sessions

Patients must be committed.  Once a week is common.

Requirements to be a psychotherapist:

Either:

  • Clinical psychologist with psychotherapy training
  • Psychiatrist 
  • Workshop with motivational interviewer

Ep.63 – Teenage Pregnancies

Together with Dr. Aida Syarinas on her interview with her sister Dr. Aizura Syafinaz in O&G.

Attachment theory – Importance of bonding between the infant and the primary care giver.

Anxious ambivalent attachment – strong need for closeness and affection. makes them vulnerable to sexual advances without the info of unprotected sex

Can be as young as 12.

Prevention starts from home: have a healthy relationship with your children.

  • spend quality time with children
  • talk to them about sex

Listen Now – Teenage Pregnancies

Ep.62 – Porn Addiction

A form of behavioural addiction (most well known is gambling)

Hypersexual disorder

  • If you are viewing more than 4 hours a day and starting to feel guilt or shame
  • If you are having orgasm more than 7 times a week as results to viewing porn

Men have a higher risk of this addiction.

You might have an addiction if:

  • tried to stop but unable to do so (dyscontrol)
  • lot of time spent viewing (asocial)
  • compulsive viewing (even when you are not enjoying it)
  • withdrawal symptoms if not able to watch
  • viewing more specialty material

Struggling with porn addiction:

  • going out less
  • taking risk to watch
  • watching in public space

Affects:

  • spoilt relationships
  • unable to get an erection

Biology:

  • a link with dopamine
  • changes in part of brain
  • development in less active part of brain

Sometimes linked with depression and anxiety

We are now on Spotify!

Listen Now! >> Dr Amer Siddiq on Mental Health – Porn Addiction

Ep.61 – Cara Mencari Pertolongan Kesihatan Mental

Perlu surat sokongan (referral letter) dari klinik kesihatan atau klinik swasta

Kalau kecemasan, boleh ke bahagian kecemasan untuk pertolongan yang cepat.

Isu kecemasan:

  1. isu keganasan – membahayai orang lain
  2. ingin membunuh diri

Kalau ingin menjumpai doktor (bukan pakar)

  • di LPPKN bahagian kerja sosial (social work)
  • di klinik kesihatan
  • MENTARI – Pusat Mental dan Psikiatri Komuniti

Hotline yang boleh dihubungi:

Dr Amer Siddiq on Mental Health – Cara Mencari Pertolongan Kesihatan Mental

Ep.60 – Smoking Ban in Eateries

1st January implementation by government of Malaysia.

Supplement to the BFM segment (http://www.bfm.my/smoking-is-an-addiction.html)

About the ban

  1. protect family from 2nd hand smoke
  2. assist in stopping smoking

Assistance to stop smoking

  1. Jom Quit! – http://jomquit.moh.gov.my
  2. Quit smoking aids
  3. Councelling
  4. Quit-line service

Ministry of Health complaints hotline – 03-8892-4530

Listen Here!

Gaming Disorder

In Mandarin by my good friend Associate Professor Dr Anne Yee.

Now I admit I listened to it for 10 minutes, but due to my limited (very) and slow pick up of Mandarin I was lost for most of this conservation apart from when Dr Anne mentioned “tui” or correct but for what – I am unsure 😂.

Do listen and find out and maybe some one will be able to tell me.

For my trainees, a good revision on this new issue which we have seen in clinic and the ward in recent times.

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