Oct 31

Today, I stumbled upon this little video on the web, and thought I’d like to share it with you. Even though I feel it banalizes the problems in life to an extent – it invites to contemplate, and that alone certainly doesn’t hurt… 😉

Feb 19

‘And meanwhile, in Thailand…’ – it feels like looking back into how mental health issues were dealt with 100+ years ago in Europe.

Thailand is very backward with respect to public information regarding mental illness and its treatment and training for mental health providers. The highest degree in psychology in Thailand is a bachelor degree, and psychotherapy in general is not been heard of, let alone being an integral part in modern health (or at least mental health) treatment.

What happens is that many people, especially in the countryside, are locked up or chained by their relatives or other people in their villages. They are called ‘baa’ (crazy) and are often considered as obsessed by ghosts or demons. Sometimes, the village head or ‘healers’ will involve some amateurish form of electro shock therapy which causes memory loss or more serious neurological damage. If mental patients are lucky and a medical doctor or even psychiatrist is in reach, treatment usually only consists of dropping pills, but there is no psychotherapy, no counseling, no social work.

And if all of that wasn’t enough, the well-hyped ’30 Baht [1 USD] healthcare scheme’ introduced by former PM Thaksin Shinawatra led to most of the better doctors leaving the (low-paid) countryside and now working in the highly paid private hospitals servicing foreigners.

Also, there is very little personnel trained in geriatric mental health care. With an aging population and growing numbers of patients afflicted with age related dementia, one may well call this a health care crisis.

Expats are in a somewhat better position, as they can afford to seek professional psychotherapeutic or counseling support from well-trained Westerners. Thai psychiatrists, even if Western-trained, are often sticking to medication as only means of treatment, and many of them also lack of understanding Western culture and mindsets.

“According to the Department of Mental Health’s survey, conducted 4 years ago, less than one percent or 400,000 Thais aged between 15-59 years are suffering from various type of psychotic disorders. The most common type of mental illness suffered by 70 percent of Thais with a mental disorder is Schizophrenia”

These numbers sound highly implausible and illustrate the very limited quality of mental health research (and consequently, treatment) in Thailand. Let us hope that the new focus of the Department of Mental Health to avoid maltreatment of mental health patients is only a first step of many necessary changes in policies and education of the public just as well as the professionals already working in the field.

More on the campaign: http://tannetwork.tv/tan/ViewData.aspx?DataID=1052726

Dec 22

1- Find the C below..

Please do not use any cursor help or scrolling.


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2- If you already found the C, now find the 6 below.


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3 – Now find the N below. This one is a little more difficult.


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This is not a joke. If you were able to pass these 3 tests, you can cancel your annual visit to your neurologist. Your brain is great and you’re far from having a close relationship with Alzheimer.

Congratulations!

and now … eonvrye that can raed this rsaie your hnad.

If you can read the following paragraph, you are even better.
This is weird, but interesting!

If you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid too

Can you raed this? Olny 45 plepoe out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The
phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde
Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the
olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit
pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a
pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by
istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot
slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this sarhe it.

(Source: my Google Plus stream)

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