We are prone to MENTAL illnesses

Many Malaysian medical students overseas who take examinations in a foreign language suffer from depression when they return.
Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibility (PPSR) vice-president Datuk Dr Abdul Hamid Abdul Kadir (Do you know this guy?? Ngenge) said that large numbers of young Malaysians were being trained in foreign medical schools in Indonesia, Russia (Oh no!!), India, Poland, Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
At a forum on Saturday organised by the PPSR, it was highlighted that at least five such houseman are found to suffer from mental illnesses every month. (that many???)
“These countries have varied systems of medical training and different types of patient care, based on the emphasis of the country. As a result, many of the students who go there undergo a culture shock,” said Dr Abdul Ha­­mid.
“Coming from different universities, backgrounds and experiences, they have difficulty relating and working, especially the weaker students,” he said, adding that there had been a sudden sprouting of many public and private medical schools.

Source – Many Medical Students Suffer from Depression

Earlier, MMC President, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Ismail Merican said that at least five doctors suffer from mental woes every month:

“When the doctors complete their two-year housemanship and their applications are submitted for registration with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), they fail to get registered.
“Their supervisors do not certify them as fit to be registered because of indiscipline and poor attitude arising from mental health problems.
“The mental cases range from psychotic to neurotic. Psychotic cases include delusions and hallucinations, and neurotic behavior includes anxiety, fear and anger due to the competitive environment,” said Dr Ismail.
These medical graduates, totalling about 60 cases a year, are unable to cope with their housemanship as they may have been pressured by their parents to take up medicine.
Dr Ismail said it was disheartening to note this emerging trend due to an inefficient selection process, adding that the mental cases were referred to the Medical Review Panel (MRP).

Perhaps – Quit Medicine??? Ngengenge… 🙂


I know some of us are getting neurotic these days, me included. Maybe that’s seasonal affective disorder (SAD) @ winter blues when people get depressed in winter. Maybe Malaysian Housemen suffer chronic depressive disorders, I don’t know. Anyways, hugs are better than drugs 🙂


Nantha has a blog. Ngenge…

Afendi Alias turned 22.

My family is my best medicine

My Sarawak makes me smile 🙂

The forbidden fruit is a damn good one!


2 thoughts on “We are prone to MENTAL illnesses

  1. cultural shock is short-term and it’s not even a good explanation in this context. Blah, blaming the culture, how about blaming those MOs who can’t feel their teeth, perhaps too much novocain. HAHAHA as Stewie Griffin once told Brian Griffin : “You know just because you can’t feel your teeth, doesn’t mean the girl can’t feel your insults.”

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