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Psychiatrist urges kindness for ‘sick’ rocker

Psychiatrist urges kindness for ‘sick’ rocker

A psychiatrist has urged Thai social media users not to troll Thai rocker Seksan “Sek Loso” Sukpimai after his troubled Facebook broadcasts over three consecutive days this week.

Seksan declared on Friday morning that he would seek psychiatric treatment at Srithanya Hospital or elsewhere for his mental health so he could come back to work after recovery.

Dr Nattakorn Jampathong, head of the Khon Kaen Rajanagarindra Psychiatric Hospital, said he could not diagnose if the singer suffered from a mental health issue without the standard medical diagnostic procedure.

He urged the public to refrain from making hash comments, accusations or judging another person’s mental health based on social media posts as there was a proper medical procedure to provide treatment.

He also suggested the people apply the three-prong measure to handle mental health issues: monitoring symptoms, listening wholeheartedly and advising further care and treatment.

Nattakorn said advise about mental health problems was available from the free, 24-hour Mental Health Department hotline on 1323.

The broadcasts prompted many people to worry the singer might have mental health problems. A radio reporter Kriengkraimas “DJ Kendo” Photjanasuntorn, in a bid to urge for the singer to seek treatment, quoted Seksan’s lawyer saying that the rocker had suffered for the past three years from a bipolar disorder. It is the same condition Kriengkraimas suffered but sought treatment and recovered. Kriengkraimas also called for the Thai public to be understanding about others’ conditions rather than letting it become a stigma.

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