Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Skinner and personality

While many psychiatrists and psychologists and others devoted there working time and may be there lifes to define personality.... Skinner defined it simply as learned predispositions to certain behaviour.... he uses the term behaviour instead of the terms like EGO, ID, PERSONA, and prefer terms that can be mesured in experiments in the laboratory.....

Monday, May 08, 2006

Normality of the Psych

Normality is a central issue in psychiatry. It is defined in psychiatry as easy as the absence of signs and symptoms. That is very practical. Yet in psychology normality is not that easily defined. Some psychoanalysts seem to define normality as being ideal or living in Utopia. Freud had put a good definition by saying normality is the ability to love and to work. Normality can be seen from the perspective of how the majority of a given society feel and behave regarding the minority as abnormal.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

first city in the world

The first city in the world is ERIDU, the sumerian city in the south of Iraq.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Read With The Candles

In Iraq we live without contiuous electricity power supply since 1991. That means that all the Iraqi students must have sometimes studied at night on the light of candles. Iraqis had been known since long time as good readers. It was sayed that Cairo reads, Beirut publishs, and Baghdad reads. Since years and Iraqies read at night with the candles' light.

That was my picture reading a newspaper at night with the light of a candle. These day the national electricity supply is only about 8 hours a day. The rest of the time we take elecricity froma local electricity generator for which we pay about 4 US Dollars for the one Ampear.

This is the picture of our local elecricity generator. It makes a lot of noise and waste products but we love it and can not live without it especially in the hot summer nights.

Evidence Based Medecine EBM

There are many who thinks that in psychiatry, scientists say whatever comes to there mind. I have heard many people who mistrust this branch of medicine. These people sometimes are unfortunately working in specialities got many things in common with psychiatry like psychology, sociology, philosophy, pharmacology, and most unfortunately some medical doctors!

There is what is called as EVIDENCE BASED MEDECINE since 1980s or maybe before. To make it simple to understant what that means let us explain it this way : the facts in medecine these days always contain NUMBERS ! e.g. we do not say these days that schizophrenia run in famillies, but we say like this " in a classic twin study of schizophrenia, Gottesman & Shields (1972) found in their sample 11 concordant and 11 disconcordant pairs of monozygotic twins and 3 concordant and 30 disconcordant in dizygotic pairs of twins".

This makes information in all branches of medicine more near to the truth if not absolutely true. And these days all the information that came from the past is retested and many theories had been rejected because they could not be proved in experiments.

And I heard alot about people saying nonsense about psychotropic drugs. I have heard a well know psychologist in a famous arabic T.V. channel says that antidepressants lead to irreversible intoxication and dependency. Do not believe that a drug is still being sold in the market and there is a prove that it causes too much harm than its benefits. And many of us had heard stories about how drugs were withdrawn from the market as soon as a dangerous side effects were reported.

But remember that all drug if not used right are dangerous.

Few Words of the Mute

Listen to this story of a mute teenager from Iraq with her mother:

In the psychiatric ward a beautiful teenager girl in her 15 lies silently in her bed. While me and Dr. Abbas were entering her room, she stayed still without motion, only her big beautiful eyes followed our entering. Her mother seems depressed and also did not move when we entered the room. The girl did not answer our greeting. We asked the mother about the problem. She told us that her daughter, who is mentally retarded had become mute again before few days. The girl who had a deformity in her feet was diagnosed as having a mental retardation since she was 8 years old. And because of there is no special school near the place she lives in, she stayed at home with her mother. She was the only child of this woman. The mother told us also about the birth of this girl. When the mother was in the last days of her pregnancy, she new that her husband whom she had lived with only for 2 months had died in the gulf war in 1991, and while she was shocked by that news she felt strong abdomenal pains. After few minutes she was having a difficult labour that ended with this handicaped beautiful girl. The mother had not been married again. We asked the mother about the last words said by her daughter. She told us that when they were coming to the hospital, a mini-bus had exploded just few meters beyond them and no shell had hit them. At that moment the girl said just few words:" mommy, if we were just few minutes late we would have been lucky to be dead both of us and get rid of our lives"

Saturday, April 29, 2006

What Do You Think of Psychiatry?

When I was in the fourth year in the colledge, my uncle asked me about which speciality in medecine I like. When I answered : PSYCHIATRY, my uncle's face turned into yellow and he took a long time of silence as if something dangerous or wrong has happened. Then he told me that no one will visit me to my clinic if I will be a psychiatrsit. That was not strange especially if you know how people in Iraq look to this speciality.

I remember one of the best doctors whome I was working under his supervision, I liked him very much, and respect his point of view . When he knew about my decision to be a resident doctor in psychiatry he was surprised and told me : but Sami listen, what you gonna do for crazy people? they do not need you.... they got the street open to them to run in one will come to your clinic!

A friend of mine who also chosed psychiatry as a career told me about the minute his father knew about his choice of studying psychiatry, his father told him: if you chose this branch of specialization, I will no more be your father!

And that obliged my friend to postpone his studies for one year so that he will not lose the love of his father, and fortunately during that year he succeeded to change his father's point of view. In Iraq it is considered very bad to make your parents discontent about you.

As you see from the above story, in Iraq , the picture of psychiatry is still not clear to peolple and many think that the psychiatrists themselves got some kind of mental illness.

My Interest In Psychiatry

My in terest in psychiatry backs to when I was in secondary school. I was enjoying reading whatever book I find. In those years, the 90s, Iraq was under embargo and poverty and ignorance was living with us, so it was very difficult to find a book that you want, instead you must find your way with the available books in the market. AL MUTANABBIE streat, named after the famous poet, was offering used old books. It was there where I found about many novels and books about diferrent sciences accedently. Many times I buy one book or two then found my self got no enough money to go back home, so I walk.....I was very thin!

Words like CRAZINESS, MADNESS, LUNACY, faced me recurently throught these books which I was reading, and I was very interrested to explore and elaborate on them... and it was when I was 16 years old when I first bought a mini book in arabic discussing psychiatry and I read it in just few hours , may be minutes!

I had interred the colledge of medecine in 1996 where I studied, among many sciences, the science that I like, PSYCHIATRY. When graduated worked for 2 years as a resident doctor in general medicine, then started my residency in psychiatry in 2004 and I hope to get my Ph.D. degree in psychiatry in a couple of years .

Friday, April 28, 2006


Wellcome to my blog, it is about my interests which I think many share me: PSYCHIATRY comes first cause am a resident doctor in psychiatry hoping that I will be a specialist in 4 years; IRAQ HISTORY cause am iraqi and like history especially the summerian and babylonian era; and all the siences that are linked to both psychiatry and Iraq history and that will be a long list.....
well you gonna have nice time with my blog...