Previously, this URL was a professional information service aimed at physicians and researchers around the world who have an interest in psychiatry and psychiatry related disorders. The website was owned and managed by Science Press Internet Services and Excerpta Medica and was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from defunct Organon International.
It was Organon’s objective for this website to be the essential resource for health care professionals and researchers alike. In line with Organon’s mission statement, psychiatrymatters.md supported the psychiatric community in improving patient care, human health and quality of life.
The reason for setting up the website was to be able to enable interested parties to easily find comprehensive clinical information about psychiatry in one place instead of having to spend much time trying to locate the same information online through the dozens of websites found on the internet, some of which didn’t have credible material to offer. Therefore this website made it all easier since it had been in a manner which made the searches for quality information both quicker and easier.
This specific site offered a comprehensive, reliable, unbiased source of information, helping one to stay up-to-date with the very latest developments in psychiatry. The site provided a wealth of specialist information, daily news service and invaluable tools, specially created and collected to make one’s professional life easier.
The site however became defunct years ago, until recently when I bought the domain and decided to bring the site back to life. I will too be publishing wealth of information related to psychiatry. There are some posts that I’ve already published and can be accessed by clicking through various topics below.
A Battle with Depression
I lost my mum in 2006. She was the only parent and I was the eldest daughter. I have two siblings. My mum had been battling breast cancer which she had been diagnosed with the previous year prior to her death. At that time, I was in my second year in college and had to defer my studies for a whole year as I attended to her.
It was a very challenging time, and I had to take over her roles at home. I would take care of my younger siblings and ensure that they were not stressed as they continued with their high school education, and at the same time take care of my ailing mother. It was a hard task and it called for me to exercise a lot of maturity and responsibility especially in managing the little finances that were available.
When my mother passed away, life became more unbearable. There was need to find a source of income to support my siblings, feed them a Mediterranean diet, which is very healthy, and also to pay for the utilities. There was also the mortgage that I had to pay, and I was not going to see us get kicked out of our home. Therefore even after going back to school, I had to work on a part-time basis, to ensure that I could meet the needs.
We had to deny ourselves a lot, because I was getting meager pay and my mother’s sickness had depleted the little that she had saved. Each day had its own challenge and this always left me feeling stress. There was a morning when we would wake up to a water disconnection notice, another day it would be power, the following it would another unpaid utility, school fees arrears etc.
Being the one taking care of the younger siblings, I was the most burdened. I was the one who made decisions, and most of the times I felt as if I was doing injustice to my siblings because I had to make a decision which sometimes would affects them.
Managing Depression and Getting Back on my Feet
These torments got me so stressed, that by the time I finished college, I began suffering from anxiety that eventually led to really bad anxiety attacks and shortly after I was diagnosed with clinical depression. It is a more form of mental disorder than the normal depression. Since the first time that I the symptoms started, I’ve been in and out of the psych hospital for tens of times. There are many times that I harbor bad thought and even contemplate committing suicide.
Most of the things changed and even our home was almost auction, were it not for the intervention of my uncle who intervened. He also has been trying all he can to help me as I battle the condition as also played a big role in helping my younger sister complete college. I also received a lot of support from the church who have always been with me in my battle with depression and always support and encourage me in any way that they can.
My though one of my younger sister was almost getting married some years back, she decided against the decisions, because she feels the needs to take care of me. They have helped me a lot to realize myself and accept the condition which has been a positive move to help me in recovery. Currently I work at a flower shop which my siblings helped me put up.
Many anxiety disorders, take a look at OCDfor example, seriously impinge on a person’s daily life and activities. I believe that mental disorders should not stop a person from working. However, what matters more, is to provide love, compassion and care for the patients. You also need to let them understand and feel normal so that they too can take part in being productive people in the society.