Skip to comments.Where hyenas are used to treat mental illness
Posted on 10/22/2013 9:27:25 AM PDT by heartwood
The scenario is familiar in Somalia. A man has become possessed by spirits and the only option for his family is to restrain him and call the sheikh. But as the young man protests, a voice that challenges Somali tradition booms out.....
"There is a belief in my country that hyenas can see everything including the evil spirits people think cause mental illness," says Hab. "So in Mogadishu, you will find hyenas that have been brought from the bush and families will pay £350 ($560) to have their loved one locked in the room overnight with the animal."
The expensive treatment - more than the average annual wage - is as brutal as it sounds. By clawing and biting at the patient, the hyena is thought to force the evil spirit out. Patients, including young children, have been known to die during the process....
WHO estimates that one in three Somalis either is or has been affected by mental illness, compared to a global average of one in 10. In parts of the country, where the population has been the most psychologically scarred from decades of conflict, the rate is even higher. Cases of post-traumatic stress disorder are common and the situation is further complicated by widespread substance abuse.
"Khat is a big, big problem," says Hab of the herbal stimulant which has been chewed for centuries in East Africa. Side effects are thought to include anxiety and even psychosis. "We treat them in the hospital and they leave, but then they start eating khat again. Sometimes I see the same patients seven or eight times."
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Diversity is a strength.
Hyena treatment to be covered under Obamacare as traditional healing.
The Emperor should lead by example, especially when non-traditional treatments like a hyena are chosen.
Centuries of this treatment have resulted in a very low rate of genetically-related mental illness, I’m sure...
The hyena says he ain’t working for the Obamacare reimbursement schedule....
Here is how it works:
You have a relative with their head stuck so far up, that they are a drain on resources.
So, you put them in a room with a hyena. They either pull their head out of wherever, or they die.
No years of psychotherapy or drug abuse “interventions” etc. if you have a shred of sense left, and you want to live, then now’s the time to get it together!
“Why the Caged Hyena Laughs”
Don’t give Obama care any ideas!
Our new health care system......
..Jackoff’s & Jackals
We don’t chain ours to trees.
We are much more humane.
We send ours to Congress.
The Khat addicted Somalis act crazy a good deal of the time. As the police in Maine are learning:
"If the Somali's teeth be red,
Best shoot the SOB dead.
If they been chewin'
No tellin' what they be doin"
A pack of hyenas and the democratic caucus.
Might work !
I guess being attacked by a laughing hyena is not as funny as it sounds.
Can I get a hyena here so I can send it to my x-wife?
There are people out there who would be more disturbed by the question of the welfare of the hyena.