TV AL Hijrah on Depression

My utmost thanks to Al Hijrah for the invite and also opportunity to share with Malaysians on depression. On the same morning, my friend Dr Farizah was also asked to share on post partum depression.

We wanted to both highlight that depression, including when it happens during the pregnancy period is important and should not be taken lightly. I have personally shared this in a recent podcast which is available at http://play.raku.my/mentalmalaysia

Depression postpartum affect around 10% with some estimate risk to be as high as 50%. More commonly however are the “blues”. For <1% of individuals with depression, they can progress to postpartum psychosis. The ultimate fear in this regard is the risk of harm to self or others, particularly the new born as a result of lost of reality testing. Sensational reporting of these rare cases do not help! What is helpful is awareness on this situation and information on where to find help.

Of late a number of cases have been reported in the local news which has not empowered but instead people struggling with mental health issues related to the peripartum period which includes postpartum. We hope that the families involved find the peace they deserve and to the rest who might be struggling with a mental health issue, we are more than happy to help where we can.

Ep.39 – Media Reporting in Suicide Cases

Malaysian Congress for Psychological Medicine Conference (19-21 July) – more details on this topic will be discussed here – https://www.psychiatry-malaysia.org/article.php?aid=2156

Do’s and Don’t’s:

1. think about who the audiences are. If you are sharing, please include where to find help as well.
2. please leave out the details. It might encourage others to try.
3. avoid making it a headline. We don’t want to glorify the act.
4. more sensitive instead of sensational
5. avoid pictures, front covers

Look up Befrienders in Malaysia if you feel you need someone to talk to – 03-79568145 or https://www.befrienders.org.my


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Selamat Hari Raya

Dear all

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this website apart from my regular podcasts.

Alot has happened over the past month and I’m all ready to move with this platform. My team and I will be launching this (officially)soon and we will be updating various issues in psychiatry here apart from random thoughts on mental health.

I do hope that before we do this, all of you have had some time off during the festive season which is still ongoing (Eid Mubarak/Hari Raya Aidilfitri is celebrated for a month!)

As a bonus, I wanted to share with all of you my Hari Raya greetings in a house which turned 101 years old this year. It belongs to my late grandmother’s cousin and my relatives still live in this house. It’s still standing majestically in Malaysia. It’s amazing. Hope you enjoy the video

Ep.38 – Burn-out

Mainly due to work. It is different from depression.

Symptoms

  • Lost of physical / emotional wellbeing
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Feeling extremely tired / difficult to sleep

Causes

  • Environment
  • Expectation of environment

Cures

  • Allowing longer time-off
  • Change of work
  • Adjusting around work might be helpful

Prevention

If you can’t control you work environment, it would be harder to implement these tips.

  • Be assertive in saying ‘No!’
  • Take your annual leave (take a break once in a while)
  • Hazard leave (if your profession allows it)
  • Manage expectations at work
  • Adequate sleep
  • Exercise (6 hours before you sleep)
  • Eat well (not instant noodles)

EID MUBARAK – SELAMAT HARI RAYA


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