Hornbill Unleashed

July 1, 2017

Mental illness a ‘silent killer’, says psychologist

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

sakit-mentalMany think that “mental health problems” only refers to those who are insane or mad, but the fact is depression and emotional disturbances can also lead to serious mental illness if not properly dealt with.

National Health and Morbidity Survey statistics in 2015 showed that one in three adults in Malaysia either consciously or unconsciously suffered from mental health problems.

Psychologist Dr Adrian Lim described mental illness as a “silent killer” which must be duly treated, more so when the sufferers are young individuals.

“Financial constraints, as well as family and career problems, are among the key factors which contribute to the rise in mental health problems.

“These problems cannot be underestimated and need to be addressed promptly, as young people are the country’s next generation,” he told Bernama when contacted here today.

According to him, many of his patients had just begun their careers but had fallen into depression and felt a sense of uselessness after failing to achieve their goals.

“They felt that the perception of family and society towards them had changed.

“A decade ago, the situation was different. Families were more understanding and did not put too much pressure on the younger generation even if they failed in their careers.”

Lim said apart from family pressure, economic factors also contributed to the increased mental stress among youths.

“Many think that young people who have just begun their careers have no financial issues. However, they do have a financial burden as soon as they graduate – the loans they took to finance their education.

“When they step into the world of employment, with the salaries they receive, they have to consider many things, including survival, particularly if they are staying in urban areas where the cost of living is high.

“Not only that, peer pressure to keep up with the latest trends also leads to mental stress,” he said.

Lim said the problem should be urgently addressed and various parties, especially parents and peers, should play a role by creating a more positive environment and avoid placing too much pressure on the individual.

“When a person is under pressure, they can become unpredictable and lose their sanity, causing them to commit crimes such as bullying.

“Individuals who are facing depression should see a psychologist or psychiatrist for advice,” he said.

Source : Bernama


1 Comment »

  1. Some fifty years ago, at the drawing down of the American Vietnam war, a survey in Australia found that those most suffering from mental illnesses were from the police and the priesthood.. .perhaps a similar study should be carried out at present. Perhaps it may show a skewness towards the ruling classes.

    Comment by Taosuo — July 2, 2017 @ 1:05 PM | Reply

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