Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Psychiatrist suspects girl’s disappearance linked to mental illness

Siti Balqis Mohd Noor who apparently vanishes into thin air and is later found in strange places, including cemeteries, probably needs psychiatric help more than the services of a bomoh.

Terengganu Health, Unity and Consumerism deputy committee chairman Datuk Din Adam believes that Siti probably has schizophrenia.

A person suffering from schizophrenia may experience hallucinations and become delusional, he told The Star yesterday.

Din said the 22-year-old’s family should seek medical help.

”We should not relate Siti’s condition to supernatural elements,” he said.

Siti, from Kampung Gong Nangka in Apal here, who claims to have gone through several strange experiences, was found some 600km away at a friend’s house in Kuala Klawang, Jelebu, Negri Sembilan by police on Wednesday.

Besut police began searching for Siti after her family members lodged a police report on Oct 25 claiming that she had sent an SMS stating she was being held captive by orang bunian (fairies) in Gunung Jerai, Kedah.

Besut OCPD Superintendent Kamarudin Mohd Zakaria said that a team of policemen from here tracked Siti to Jelebu based on the SMS she sent to her family members claiming that she was in Gunung Jerai.

The SMS was traced to Batu 18, Kampung Ulu Klawang, Jelebu.

He said Siti travelled from Jerteh to Shah Alam on Oct 24 and the next day took a bus to Seremban before heading to Kuala Klawang.

Supt Kamaruddin said Siti had stayed with her penpal identified as Norwaniza Ramli, 19, whom she befriended five years ago.

via Psychiatrist suspects girl’s disappearance linked to mental illness.

Once again, a mundane explanation for a seemingly supernatural event. Mental illness, in particular schizophrenia, is another experience our ancestors struggled to explain.  I suspect the virus that causes schizophrenia is also responsible for the resulting human belief in various demons, spirits and gods. The hallucinations of crazy persons were at times seen as gifts, visions of a true hidden world. Of course, some hallucinations, dreams or other acts of imagination are quite useful. I believe the sewing machine is the result of an inventor's dream, for example.

1 comment:

Ann said...

Shouldn't you have written:

"I suspect the virus [which recently has been hypothesized to cause] schizophrenia is also responsible for ... ."

I don't think it is widely accepted, as of yet, that schizophrenia has a viral cause, at least among the scientific community that studies the disease.

The Discover article you linked up to in your last post on schizophrenia ends by saying:

" ... many medical experts still question how much human disease can be traced to viral invasions that took place millions of years ago ..."