KARACHI - Pakistanis in general need to give-up their negative approach in all aspects of life and be more tolerant towards each other so as to counter growing incidence of pre-traumatic disorder in the society, said psychiatrists of the country on Sunday.

Dr Haroon Ahmed, Dr Mowadat Husain Rana, Dr Iqbal Afridi, Dr Javeria Saeed, Dr Zafar Haider Zaidi, Dr Ilyas Baloch, Dr Naim, Dr Chunnilal Kalani, Dr Abdul Wasay were the main speakers at the mental health awareness programme organised by Pakistan Association for Mental Health and Psychiatry department of Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre.

“Unfounded and baseless apprehension about disastrous future, with little consideration towards blessings in hand has emerged to be a triggering factor for behavioural disorders among many of the people,” commented Dr Mowadat Rana, Commandant, Armed Forces Institute of Mental Health.

This is also needed to be complimented with discipline and a balanced approach towards life with equal emphasis on proper time management, said Prof. Iqbal Afridi, head of psychiatry department, JPMC.

The senior psychiatrist opined that social health of people was equally important as are the mental and physical welfare of the people.

Inability of an individual to get adjusted at his workplace or even with his own family members or in the community must not be ignored and the person concerned must be assisted with due consideration towards his or her prestige and confidence.

Prof Haroon Ahmed, President, Pakistan Association of Mental Health, said in view of acute shortage of psychiatry in the country it was important that family physicians and general medical practitioners were trained as a source to make proper diagnosis and refer them to qualified psychiatrists as well as psychologists in accordance to the need of the person concerned.

Participants of FCPS degree programs and diploma level training programmes were also offered to medical graduates.

Other speakers of the programme extensively discussed different categories of psychiatric ailments as psychosis mania, schizophrenia, depression, drug and substance abuse, anxiety disorder and psychosomatic disorder.