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Friday, October 24, 2014
Beware Of Old Folks’ Mental Health (寿星公吊颈)
has nothing to do with spirit possessions and it is a case of mental issues.
There is a
Chinese saying that goes:
“A longevity old man
hang himself… complaining living too long.”
just a case that illustrated the above point:
I have just
received a call from a friend from down south that his mother just ‘jumped off
from 2nd floor’ from his apartment. In another words, his 70 year
old yet physically healthy mom just attempted to ‘committed suicide’ in JB.
This poor old lady was found ‘missing’ for quite some time and she was only
found lying helplessly downstairs with fractured limbs still with some breathe
left. Finally an ambulance is called. I think it will be a long ugly drag until
this old lady takes her final breath.
I have personally
met and talked to this lady and she constantly complaints of her body pains
everywhere though the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with her after some
extensive and expensive diagnostic sessions. The last time when I visited my
pal and this old lady complaint to me that she was old and helpless and it is
better to die than to live; it only stroke me as she might have some mental
issues that warrants for a further diagnosis.
by my friend, his mom asked him a very funny question before he left for work
but he didn’t heed the hidden meaning behind this question:
die if I jump down from 2nd floor?”
suicidal incident, this old lady did try to climb out from my friend’s front
gate for no obvious reasons. It was only aftermath that we realized his mom may
have some kind of mental illness.
that in Malaysia, there are only a few hundreds of qualified psychiatrists. Had
we found out the problems earlier, only then perhaps this kind of unfortunate
incidents can be avoided. But how many people especially those professionals
have the time to just sit down and talk to their old folks and pick up those
deadly telltale signs and to seek early treatment?
I have seen
many hardworking old folks don’t have proper hobbies or interests; they are
merely working machines. Once they stop working, they are likely to feel that
they become useless and to die is the only option. Perhaps it is our
responsibility to lead our old pa and old ma to find some interests in life.
Having said so, how many people in Singapore and Malaysia have the time just to
sit down with the old folks and talk to them every day? Maybe I attribute that
this is a cause that we really need to look into or it shall be our turn pretty