Asalamo Alakum Believers,
I am interested in learning Islam's view
on Psychology and Psychiatry. Psychology
is the study of the Brain/ Mind and human
Behavior. To my limited knowledge, all
prognosis and diagnosis is based on theory.
Meaning there is no Scientific Evidence to
prove mental illness/ brain disorders exist.
Doctors make there diagonsis off of what
the patient tells the Doctor, there symptoms,
and the Doctor[psychiatrist] Observes them.
Makes a diagnosis, and prescribes medications,
if needed, and talk theraphy.
There is a muslimah who has hallucinations,
meaning she sees things, and hears voices
that other people do not. She is supposed to
take a antipsychotic to stop them. She only
hears good voices, like "Asalamo Alakum"
"BismiAllah" and the "Adhan" and the
Holy Quran being recited in Arabic. She hasnt
had any visual hallucinations since she was a
very young child. She was told she suffers
from the mentall illness called "Bipolar Disorder
type 1 with Psychosis" and "PTSD = post
tramatic stress disorder, that results in
social anxiety and panic attacks, and anxiety."
Her Muslim Psychiatrist says she was tramatised
as a child. And is supposed to take AntiAnxiety
medications to treat this. And a Anticonvulsant
to treat the Bipolar Disorder, Antipsychotic to
stop the symptoms of the psychosis.
Some people she knows reject that she is ill.
They say she has a gift. As if a group of men
are in one room, and all of them are hard-of-hearing
except one, and a noise is made, who would hear?
She does hear her husband come home somtimes
before he does, and she does has dreams that come true,
and she does do Istekhara and recieve answers.
But she does not understand why and what is
happening exzactly. She fears if she does not take
the medication, she can stay in a state of
psychosis [insanity] and never come out of it.
Than she thinks she is taking the easy way
out, by taking the strong medications. And not
facing up to her reality. She stopped seeing her
Muslim Psychitrist when he wanted to put her
into a insane asylum [mental institution]. She has
been in one before, about a year ago for two days.
She does not like it at all, and sees no way of
imnprovement being placed in one. You have to share
a room with another person, you are mixed with men
and woman on the same floor. She was the only
woman there wearing a long muslim dress, and veil,
and the staff broke the law by trying to call her to
christianity, and she would have to listen to them.
She ius a mother of 4 children, and is currently
pregnant. She stopped taking the medications
when she found out she was pregnant. But
recently relapsed, and started taking one of the
medications, the Antipsychotic, because she
experienced psychosis again, hearing voices.
All insight Needed and Appreciated.
Salam, your sister in Islam- Iman