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PETALING JAYA: Four out of every 10 Malaysians will fall victim to some form of
mental health issue in the course of their lives and psychologists believe that the
numbers will continue to rise.

International Medical University, consultant psychiatrist and addiction medicine

specialist, Dr Philip George said that numbers are often downplayed due to the
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He explained that a study done in the United States found that 30 to 40% of
absenteeism at work is due to unexplained somatic complaints like body ache,
lack of sleep, and lethargy.

No studies have been done in Malaysia but a primary care study in Thailand
about ve years ago showed up to 30% were psychosomatic complaints.

"Many go unreported because rstly the diculty in diagnosing depression,

followed by the inability of people to recognise the symptoms of depression
themselves, he said adding that many who are in fact depressed are unwilling and
embarrassed to come forward for treatment.

Dr Andrew also pointed out that the updated National Morbidity Survey would
denitely see a higher number now.

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