7th International Conference on Addictive Disorders and Alcoholism
Institute of psychiatry WHO collaboration center, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
I come from a society where mental illnesses are still shrouded in taboos. Patients are stigmatized and neglected. During my psychiatry clerkship I was disheartened to see patients coming to the psychiatry after years of suffering at the hands of the disease but also these faith healers. This prevailing attitude increased my interest in the field of psychiatry. I found myself drawn to acquire a greater understanding of mental illnesses, in context to the cultural backgrounds of the effected individuals. For seven years I have worked in a tertiary care hospital. During these years I have also realized that I have many attributes that make me better suited to this field. I have a gift for communication and people from all walks of life feel comfortable sharing their feelings with me. I am a patient listener and possess a calm demeanor. It is my inherent yearning for this specialty that I consider to be my greatest asset.