how does one discuss mental disorder in a country that does not recognize/understand it?
I know what you mean. In general people here fear it. One of our bawabs (building/door guy) is apparently a bit off, mentally and everyone treats him like he has the plague, and ask for the other guy when he is there. It’s really sad, when I try to explain that he means no harm, they just dismiss it and say how he’s so weird and how they can’t stand him.
It depends on the family and the people and the disorder involved. I have known people (Egyptians) who are loading up on prescribed meds for depression, without actually looking “inside” to see what might be causing their depression. In addition, there is a lot of reading on heart sicknesses (depression) so it is not unknown in Islam.
As for those who have breaks in reality, ya, I guess some ppl here dont deal well with it, but to be honest, do said people actually deal with anything realistically? I mean a rational person should be able to discuss and understand aspects of psychological disorders. At least thats my experience.
I was mostly referring to depression.
Well, you don’t talk about it.
You may have seen a film called “ma3ali el wazeer” – “his excellency the minister” with Ahmed Zaki about a corrupt minister who’s a bit depressed and suffers from insomnia. It’s REALLY good, btw, highly recommended.
There’s a bit in the film where his faithful aide suggests that he speaks to a psychiatrist, to which the minister responds by screaming that it will be the end of his career, that the opposition will brand him as crazy, etc.
(the psychiatrist bit also has an important role in the culmination of the film, which i will not divulgate 🙂
Talking about mental health automatically equals being crazy, which in turn equals being unfit to be a person.
So we hide it, pretend we’re rock solid, and let things sink to a point of no return.
It’s a shame, really.
(of course, the realm of child psychiatry is completely nonexistent, school counselors know NOTHING about the subject… but that’s another story/disaster).
Regarding depression, I think it is not so uncommon, at least that is my experience. It is a pretty normal phenomenon around the world these days.
Im always fighting it living here, and I think my husband is accepting of it, but being a man, just doesnt get it. And really at then end of the day, we both believe the answers lie in acceptance of the Qadr of Allah. If we can make peace with that, nothing else really matters.
Easier said than done though.
Girl I could write a book, or a blog at least. I am opening a private blog to talk about my recent stuff and have been kinda wondering about spin-off into a group or something for Muslim women… Definitely the hear no evil see no evil thing makes dealing with depression in the Muslim world/culture/family harder. My SIL in Egypt didn’t even want to get treatment after their mom died and she was sliding off the edge (so to speak) but once she did she feels much better. However she is being treated only with meds, no therapy which I hate. Anywhoo, it’s an interesting topic and one I’m trying to write more about.
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