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Counselling Can Curtail Mental Disorders

By Nur-ul Afida Kamaludin & Sakini Mohd Said

The prevalence of mental health issues in this country is certainly a cause for concern and in some instances, it has even led to death. It is most unfortunate that a matter as serious as this is being treated lightly and this state of affairs can be attributed to a lack of awareness and knowledge among the public.

This third of four articles examines how counselling can help nip mental health problems in the bud.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Malaysians cannot afford to view the issue of mental disorders as a taboo subject or treat it as something that should be swept under the carpet. This is because its impact goes far beyond the torment and anguish experienced by the sufferer and his or her family.

The findings of a 2017 survey on mental health carried out by the Health Ministry are a cause for concern, indeed – it was found that at least 40 percent of Malaysians were expected to experience mental health issues during their lifetime.

According to the survey conducted on 273,203 individuals, 18,336 suffered from various stages of depression. Out of that number, 11,811 had mild depression, 3,680 moderate and 1,682 severe.

These figures are not a pretty sight. If left untreated, the effects of mental disorders can be devastating, even pushing the victim to suicide.

Mental health problems can strike anyone, regardless of their age, sex or profession. Fortunately, it can be prevented and if one already has a mental issue, it can be treated.

 

Pharmacist - An Underrated Profession

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Society often overlooks the role of pharmacists.

Isaac Danker, 26, from Seremban knows this all too well despite being only a year into the profession.

The pharmacist, currently attached with a public hospital in his hometown, told Bernama among the misconceptions he has encountered was that many saw him as merely a face behind the counter, dispensing pills.

 

Depression Pushing Teens to Suicide

By Nur-ul Afida Kamaludin

The prevalence of mental health issues in this country is certainly a cause for concern and in some instances, it has even led to death. It is most unfortunate that a matter as serious as this is being treated lightly and this state of affairs can be attributed to a lack of awareness and knowledge among the public.

This is the second of four articles looking into the extent of mental health problems in this country.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Half of the mental health conditions worldwide start by 14 years of age, according to the latest, and shocking, statistics shared by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Sadly, most of these cases remain undetected and untreated.

Globally, depression is among the leading causes of mental illness among adolescents, while suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-to-19-year-olds.