Mental Health Skills Module


Module for Parents, Adults, Children and Adolescents

Module for Parents, Adults, Children and Adolescents

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce a module presented to me by Dr Nurashikin Ibrahim from the Ministry of Health Malaysia on Managing Mental and Psychological Health Problems in Children, Adolescents, Parents, Adults and Geriatric populations.  This module consists of 4 booklets and each booklet was nicely narrated with excellent graphic and layout. I was one of contributor for Parenting Skill Module which include topic like Positive Thinking, Interpersonal Communication, Problem Solving, Anger Management and last but not least Parenting Skills.

The objective of this module is to help facilitator in conducting talk and seminar. At the same time, it can be used by individuals in acquiring knowledge and skill in managing day-to-day psychological health problems. It is written in a simple, easy to understand Bahasa Malayu language. I am not sure if you could get it free from  Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia.  However, you can try contacting the local State NCD  Officer or State Health Education Officer.

The organizer headed by Dato’ Hassan Abdul Rahman and colleagues in the Ministry of Health like Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar, Dr Zainuddin Mohd Ali and Dr Nurashikin Ibrahim and their staffs has to be congratulated for their good work. Not to forget, all contributors from all over he country have to be congratulated too for making this endeavor possible.

Is Fight Against Global Warming Lost?


In one of my article published in Memperkasa Paradigma dated back on Oct, the 2nd, 2009, I did mentioned about the consequences of global warming and the importance of proper implementation of the recommendations agreed upon in the Kyoto Protocol.  

On the other hand, I am also aware of the contradictory idea which believe that we have lost the fight against global warming.

This idea states that it is hopeless to make drastic cut in global greenhouse emission as the hydrocarbons are still cheap comparatively. Therefore, people will continually burning carbon until its start running out. Secondly, wealthy countries which depend very much on cheap energy till these days refused to comply with full political force to implement what have been agreed upon. Thirdly, using nuclear energy seems to require massive investment, facing risk of similar Chernobyl tragedy and misunderstood for trying to acquire weapon of mass destruction such as in the case of Iran.

I still believe that the massive loss of human life due to Ketsana typhoon, tropical cyclone, instant flood and massive landslide could be prevented if people are living in synergy with environment. Trying to impose ‘technology’ against nature such as building flats on slope could basically lead to disaster. Technology should be used for the benefit of nature such as reducing CFCs (as I mentioned earlier in my writing). People should start looking for new alternatives. No time left to dispute, blame and denial. It is about action with full political will. Otherwise, government like Aryoyo will be in jeopardy and her associates in the developed world would have to continually pump in money in the name of disaster aid and economic recovery.

Clinical Practice Guidelines for ADHD


CPG Management of ADHD

CPG Management of ADHD

I would like to introduce a clinical practice guideline on the management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents (ADHD). To date, this is the first guideline on ADHD jointly developed by Ministry of Health, Academy of Medicine and Malaysian Psychiatric Association. As an external reviewer, I find this book useful and easy to understand. However, it is not made for general public but tailored to specialize readers like psychiatrists, paediatricians, family physicians and general practitioners. They can expect to find some recommendations with regard to assessment, diagnosis and management of ADHD. The use of medication especially psychostimulants was discussed in detail based on the level of evidence in the literature. I wish to congratulate the organizer for the hard work.