My grandmother, French, was a psychiatric nurse in the times of colonisation in Algeria. I believe also that, my family - especially at the level of my grandparents - still lives with the unspoken trauma of war on all sides.
Yet, I am not a doctor, I will probably never be one, however, I believe that my experience can bring something quite unique. I still decided to start studying philosophy and social sciences, secretly studying the brain in mathematic classes in high school as I was quite bored (I did finish the course programme 2 terms before the end of the year so the teacher didn't know what to do with me).
To come back to the main topic of this article, when I started thinking of actually getting involved in the field, I was fascinated by the different cultural norms and mythology shaping mental health across different cultures. I did make a first mention of this in my very first dissertation work about mental illnesses in Northern Nigeria, a Hausa context before starting an actual "mental health" degree, which opened so many doors to knowledge.
After reflecting on all this, there are many more questions coming to my mind that I might develop a bit later on this blog. I would like to introduce you to them now:
*Is forgetting the cure to mental illness? What if you could take a pill or go through brain surgery to get your memory removed?
In my own reasoning, I think that even though memories can be painful and lead to trauma they are still a part of us and can't just be removed so we live our life as if none of this happened. Please find link to an article about my favourite film treating this topic.
*on the same topic but different level: if a society undergoes trauma, drugs, crime and more prevail as well as depression and many other mental illness, would you condition the society to forget? Would make someone forget about their crimes or trauma to shape a better society?