Indicating that individuals with severe psychotic diseases such as schizophrenia should not fast in terms of religion, experts state that the decision to fast should be made together with a psychiatrist in diseases such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive and panic disorder.
Psychiatrist Assoc. Dr. Habib Erensoy made evaluations and recommendations about fasting individuals with psychiatric diseases during Ramadan.
The severity of the illness matters
Stating that with the approach of Ramadan, they received a lot of questions from the clients who received psychiatric treatment, Assoc. Dr. Habib Erensoy said, “Questions from the clients about fasting, the time regulation of the medicines used, and the effects of the medicines when they are hungry and dehydrated for a long time are frequently asked during this period. The inability of psychiatric patients to fast or not is related to the severity of the disease, whether it is chronic and the characteristics of the drugs used. In addition to these factors, attention should be paid to whether the person has chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, epilepsy and diabetes. ” said.
Insomnia can increase the severity of the disease
Pointing out that sleep patterns are important in many psychiatric diseases, Assoc. Dr. Habib Erensoy said, “The sleep pattern during Ramadan is one of the issues that need attention and long-term insomnia may increase the severity of the disease. Another issue is the troubles experienced due to drug interruptions. In some patients, the time change should be made by the relevant psychiatrist so as not to interrupt the daily dose. used the expressions.
Attention should be paid to the blood level of your medications
Emphasizing the importance of sleep patterns in patients with bipolar disorder, as well as the importance of the blood level of mood stabilizing drugs such as Lithuril, Assoc. Dr. Habib Erensoy said, “Hunger and thirst for a long time can be dangerous as it can affect the blood level of the drug. People with bipolar disorder need to be more sensitive about fasting and decide on fasting by making the necessary arrangements by the psychiatrist. ” said.
Fasting should be decided with a psychiatrist
Assoc. Dr. Habib Erensoy, “Those who have psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and those who have severe mental equilibrium disorders generally do not need to fast in terms of religion.” He concluded his words as follows:
“Most of these patients use high amounts of medication. For those with mild illness, a decision to fast can be taken, provided that a psychiatrist is checked. In diseases such as depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder, which we define as anxiety, the decision to fast should be made with the psychiatrist according to the severity of the disease. Medication hours can be adjusted for some of these patients, and there is no obstacle to fasting. In general, it is necessary to consider the physical and mental state of the person and to make a decision in consultation with a psychiatrist. “