Kelantan hospital gets 50 new mental illness cases each month

KOTA BHARU, May 20: The Psychiatric Specialist Clinic at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II (HRPZ) II here receives 50 new mental health cases for treatment each month.

HRPZ II  Psychiatry and Mental Health Department head Dr. Fariza Yahya, recently said that half of these cases involved patients suffering from depression.

In citing the importance of seeking immediate treatment from specialists at the hospital for those facing mental health issues rather than worrying about societal stigma, she added: “I advise those affected not to attempt self-treatment with illegal drugs such as ‘pil kuda’ and others. Self-treatment usually leads to worsening depression.”

Dr. Fariza said that mental illnesses could actually be treated with the help of qualified specialists.

“I acknowledge that many patients also seek treatment from traditional medicine practitioners in villages,” she said.

 While noting that the cost of mental health treatment, particularly for newer medications could be high, she said nonetheless these medications had demonstrated to be effective and possessed fewer side effects.

Dr. Fariza said that depression was not attributable to a lack of faith but rather stemmed from persistent stress and could also be associated with genetic factors.

“What’s crucial is intensive treatment and support from close ones. If left untreated, the condition may worsen, posing risks to themselves and others,” she added.