Friday, 31 August 2012

Ramadan, the gift that keeps on giving.
Since the end of the sacred month of Ramadan, Moroccan psychiatrists are seeing appear in their office some of their patients who suddenly stopped their medical treatment during the sacred month in order to better devote themselves to the fast. "Each year, after the month of Ramadan, we see the same phenomenon. There is a resurgence of mental illnesses, not because of nostalgia experienced at the end of Ramadan but because patients haven't followed their treatment to the letter or reduce the dose of their medication without a medical opinion," explains Driss Moussaoui, psychiatrist for around forty years and director of the psychiatric centre at the University of Ibn Rochd. "When I ask them if they stopped their treatment during Ramadan, they are not going to try and lie. They tell me in all honesty that they stopped it", he says.

In this post-Ramadan period, the psychiatrists witness a resurgence of illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorders such as manic-depression or even epilepsy. "However, we tell our patients not to interrupt their treatment during Ramadan because of the risks incurred for their state of health. They are informed. We make the suggestions but they make the decisions!" adds Driss Moussaoui.

Thus for a patient to suddenly stop a medical treatment can have serious consequences for his state of health but he may also in certain extreme cases commit dangerous acts against those who are around him or in the street. For example, the psychiatrist explains that a schizophrenic who has not taken his medication for a long period may start to hallucinate. "These persons place religion well before their state of health but things are clear in Islam. The Koran says that when you are sick, you do not fast but sometimes people act in an irresponsible manner," he concludes.

According to the Moroccan Association for the Support, Connection and Initiation of Families of Persons Suffering From Psychological Disorders (Amali), contacted this afternoon, 1% of the Moroccan population is currently affected by schizophrenia, which is almost 350,000 Moroccans.
Source: Yabiladi Via: Observatoire de l'islamisation

12 comments:

alas said...

I think it is truer to say that mental illness leads to ramadan rather than ramadan to mental illness.

daithikent said...

.. on some level they are all sick

Anne said...

I read that they also have to stop smoking during the day. That could make a nicotine-addict pretty antsy.

Jess said...

well, i guess if they didnt smoke in the first place as its harmful they wouldnt get antsy. and if they knew their religion properly, they would know not to be stupid and fast but to take their medicine and not make themselves ill. islam doesnt say to restrict yourself from medicine to an extent that is extreme. its in their islamic law that a person who is on medication and cannot fast should not force it upon themselves. they gotta learn their stuff properly.i learnt christianity and islamic interfaith studies at uni and i probably know their law and beliefs better than they do which is why they resort to extreme measures because they havent studied their religion in the way they are supposed to.

Anonymous said...

I object, Jess, in general, to any comparing Christianity with totalitarian ideologies

ElenaG said...

Islam is a mental illness/defect

Jess said...

Judging a religion based on what you have heard of 'totalitarian ideologies' about it is like going in to an exam based on what your peers have said about the text book, but not actually studying the text book. You are very unlikely to get an accurate and precise idea of the content. claiming islam to be a defect without knowing anything about it and with no extensive research on the religious laws and ideals is purely imbecilic. same goes with other faiths. please know what you are talking about before posting prejudiced comments.if you cant be bothered to research on it then keep it to yourself and respect the religions of others.

Felix sunday said...

i live in morroco, during there evil ramanda nobody is allowed to eat, even stranged, but i am fearless i eat to there face,they cannot do anything to me,(out of fear they never talk about everybody in their land much commit to the ramanda law to the germans,because they took them to be only senceable people,that know what to do,they belive if i kill a german our land is in danger,)this guy are more radical then is said in this website, all the muslim are all blinded men, i cant believe that some people can live in utter darkness to this day.
maybe is only hitler can solve this problem, reduce them to nought, or ease our bolove will still dying in the hand of wicked people.

Anonymous said...

Islam is the mental illness, what Muslims do are the symptoms.

Anonymous said...

Describing my knowledge of Islam as you do here is like taking an exam on a subject you know nothing about, not allowing the instructor to correct it, and then telling everyone you're an expert in the field.

Anonymous said...

Islam is the mental illness, what Muslims do are the symptoms. (This is so very true and the more we learn about them the madder they appear!)

Anonymous said...

Islam is not an extremist religion; rather, some of its followers act in an extreme manner even if it is in direct opposition to the teachings of the Holy Qur'an. The Qur'an clearly states that those who are ill are exempt from fasting. Even those who are not ill but find it extremely difficult to fast (such as nicotine addicts) are exempt and are required instead to give a portion of charity for the month as an expiation. To those of you who ignorantly label Islam as a "mental illness," I would ask that you do a little research and perhaps explore the more tolerant sects of Islam and their teachings instead of misjudging an entire faith based on the actions of fanatics.

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