Working in Qatar Will Literally Make You Crazy!

Many low-income workers in Qatar end up losing their jobs due to psychiatric disorders resulting from work-related problems, according to a senior official of the Psychiatry Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).

Financial problems coupled with poor living conditions and difficult job circumstances have caused a rise in psychiatric disorders among unskilled and semi-skilled workers in the country.

However, the increasing financial pressure on middle-income families has not so far resulted in a rise in such cases in this segment of society, at least yet, according to Dr Suhaila A Ghuloum, Acting Head of the Department.

She said about 85 percent of the stress-related cases reported to the department involve laborers, most of them from Southeast Asian countries. "These people are brought to the hospital by their colleagues or the police, who often find them wandering about in the streets. Many of them suffer from acute stress-related disorders and they are taken to hospital following severe behavioral disturbances and outbursts," Ghuloum told The Peninsula in an interview.

As for the middle-income segment, Ghuloum said her department had not seen an increase in cases so far. "People suffering from stress and anxiety do not necessarily go to a psychiatrist. Many tend to manage such problems on their own. However, financial difficulties can aggravate the condition of people who already suffer from stress-related disorders and this can delay recovery."

The worst affected among the laborers are the newly-recruited workers who fail to adjust to their work environment and find their hopes shattered when they are forced to take up lowly-paid jobs here and have to put up with atrocious living conditions.

"A main reason behind the rise in the cases is the increasing number of foreign workers being recruited to the country. Some of the victims may have past records of psychiatric disorders, but they don't admit it for fear of losing their job," said Ghuloum.

She said most of these patients are sent back to their countries by the sponsors after they are discharged from the hospital. "We have a group of social workers who liaise between these workers and their sponsors to ensure that they are paid all dues, in case of repatriation," she added.

The Department has recorded an increase of 1,403 cases in 2007 compared to the previous year. A total of 17,882 cases were reported last year.

"Our outpatient section gets about 70 to 120 cases every day, of varying nature. Most of them are related to schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, stress, and bipolar disorder," she said.

The Department has 73 beds, which she said was enough to meet the current requirements since all cases reported to the outpatient section do not require hospital admission.

Source: The Peninsula

Comments

QATAR? NO, NOT THERE

I'm a muslim in the America and I've been in Qatar as a tourist and I've heard a lot of complains from the people there. Their laws are for injustice and benefits only their selves. They have the worst system ever. Here in Qatar they exploit you to death. Making you leave without having a penny. It's such a shame that these people mistreat their fellow muslims.

I'm a british muslim living

I'm a british muslim living in Africa and thought about working in Qatar. I've given up the idea. Qatar, Dubai and Saudia Arabia leaders are a shame for Islam. Their religion seems to be money, only money. But I also think these leaders have been "chosen" by western countries. Western leaders certainly have the power to "choose" the leaders in these countries, and putting someone who follows Islam in a normal way certainly doesn't suit the West.

AN AFRICANS OPINION ON THE ARAB WORLD

Asalamualeikum all,
I recently visited UAE on my annual leave and was quite shocked. Im a muslim and never ever expected a true muslim to mistreat fellow human beings. The living and working conditions I saw in Dubai and especially a labour camp in Al muhaisnah shocked me. Even in Africa where I came from there is nothing like that. The arabs have misrepresented Islam and made it very unattractive and yet this Religion is that of peace, tolerance and respect of humanity. What a shame ... if the prophet of Allah, Muhammad SAW, was here today, WHAT WILL YOU ARABS SAY HAVE DONE FOR ISLAM ... USING MONEY IN USELESS THINGS AND YOUR BROTHERS ARE DYING IN PALESTINE, SOMALIA, AFGHANISTAN ... THE LIST IS ENDLESS.

Do you arabs have any morals. Do you know the purpose of life on earth. Please wake up and be true muslims. Put purpose in your life. Wealth is not everything. Dont go back to the days of ignorance (jahiliya). I THINK THE MAIN PROBLEMS OF ARABS TODAY IS LACK OF INTELLECTUALISM. DESPITE ALL THE WEALTH ... WEALTH IS USELESS WITHOUT BRAINS. WAKE UP ... SLAVERY IS LONG GONE ALL MEN ARE EQUAL EVEN IN THE EYES OF THE LORD. ISLAM IS NOT JUST PUTTING ON KANZUS AND WALKING AROUND IN SHOPPING MALLS ... IF THE PROPHET SAW BEHAVED LIKE YOU, ISLAM WOULDNT HAVE REACHED PEOPLE LIKE US IN AFRICA. WE THANK ALLAH FOR THE WONDERFUL DEEN, WEATHER AND MOST OF ALL MAKING ME AN AFRICAN. WE LOVE EVERYBODY AND TREAT THEM WELL. VERY SOON WE SHALL HAVE A NEW COUNTRY CALLED SOUTH SUDAN ... ALL WORKERS ARE WELCOME ...

The world best hypocrites with strictest law

A place like this has such strict laws. Qataris has to pray every day, every few hours, every minute and seconds of their life reminding themselves of the muslim laws. Yet during the EID holidays, you can see them fleeing to neighbourhood countries like Dubai, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi to screw hookers.

3 rules

Never take a car loan, get a credit card or take out a personal loan.

Everyone here should have learnt that from Dubai.

Keep mobile so that you can get out of this boring place.

Expat

STOP FIFA

They are trying to buy there way into hosting the Qatar 2022 World Cup Bid. They must be stopped...how many labourers will be killed during the process. Qatar is a forsaken place - the negativity their will never stop! Please start a petition to send to FIFA to not bring the World Cup to Qatar

I got fired for actually doing work!

I recently got fired from QP for actually turning up every day and doing work. My asshole Qatari manager tried to stop me from doing work at every turn and delayed and delayed any decisions so I couldn't progress with anything. I was probably showing him up. Spent 6 months in that god-forsaken place - 6 months of my life that I will never get back! And because of the declining exchange rate, I earnt way less than what I was originally offered - and they didn't do much about it despite their promises. Don't go there and don't work for QP! They are all liars there.

Just think about it!

A close friend, and internationally acclaimed human rights journalist. with extensive experience of working in Afghanistan left Qatar because of its inhumane treatment of foreign workers. The leaving comment was that it was preferable to work in a war zone than in Qatar. Wake up!!

Qatari

Does any Qatari, male or female (thats a stretch) actually know and understand that the world thinks they are the most hypocritical human race, unnessarily breathing our air ?

God forbid they breed !!

Oh, by the way, the TWO assholes whom were hospitialized last week in Bangkok, trying to pick up a lady boy.. (after their wives and children were sent back to the 3rd rate hotel room)...

Your addresses were "published" in Qatar, ...when you wake up.. pray the same two guys dont come see you again...
your skulls will crack open this time..

Bank loans in Qatar

I am currently working in Qatar. I took out a bank loan through a well known world bank.
I want to leave Qatar. Does anyone know if you can leave the country and be a bad debtor... and If you are sponsered for work, Is the company you work for responsible for the money...

Just a thought, and would welcome any advice/experiences...

I am stuck here

I have bank loan, car and personal loan...i had to merge both of them to make it a personal loan, which means that my car should be in my name now and not under th bank's name, i should be able to sell my car, well my car is still under the bank name, because there is an exception to my case, God Knows which one that is, and the personal loan i have now is tripple of the car value... with more the 90000 riyal interest, really do not take any loans here in qatar, you will get stuck forever, and if you want toleave you have to JUMP SHIP, even if you are a good person, because they do not let you leave in good conditions, and without any other choices, because the work circonstances are unberable. I WAS PROMISED 15000QR SALARY, and I signed the contract with that amount. on my last working week, they wrote by hand and in arabic on the contract that they would put down my salary to 5000qr...i had already resigned from my previous company and it was too late. I had to merge my two loans to one and get 60000qr of interest extra which in total is 90000qr interest, and i had only 2 years left to pay before merging the both loans and now i have 5 years extra and i am stuck with a car, that its value is not even half of the remaining loan......working extra hours, and not getting paid over time, and connot even resign or get release for the next 2 years, THAT IS IF THEY GIVE ME THE RELEASE.!!!!
what shoul i do...my loan is half of my salary, and the rest i have left is to pay the RIDICULOUS rent which is overpriced in QATAR for what they have...I WORK 12 HOURS A DAY, AND I DONT EVEN GET OVERPAID...i am living to pay my rent and loan...for the next 5 years...
What should i do?? abandone my car and leave? and become blacklist, considered as a thief because the labor department can not do anything for me, because they support their own nationality===QATARIES??
All this situation because of a Qatari boss who changed by HAND my contract after i had signed, and their are no labor laws to even help me with this!!!!!

Sorry to hear about your

Sorry to hear about your plight. I would say just get the hell out at the first opportunity. Qatar serves no other purpose than to make money, so if you are unable to do this you need to get the hell out.

If you carry debt and you

If you carry debt and you are leaving at the end of your contract and especially if you are ready to recieve your end of service gratuity, anyone that you owe money to will be notified of your plans to leave and they will have the right to hold your exit visa. In other words, bad debtors don't leave...whether or not you have the money to pay. I ahve read horror stories, particulkarily one guy who got fired after borrowing 80,000 QAR for his "mother's operation" and last I heard he had been here for months with no income and stacking bills because he could not pay. Don't try it.

Qatar labor law is really

Qatari labor law is really pathetic and labors here are treated more badly than even animals. I have seen people faint while working in heat of more than 50C, and these cruel people just spray water on them and make them work again without giving any rest. There is no humanity or mercy here, I think these (Qatari) are most cruel people on earth (making and supporting slavery law-holding passport and exit permit) and look at mentality of above post. I pray that ALLAH will give them a brain and make them human before it too late and HIS (Allah) punishment come on them (due to their cruelty on poor human labors).

Retarded post

I really think that with a reply like that, it just confirms that you are suffering from cronic complications of inbreeding.

You Have To Read This!

I Really Dont Like The Way You Are Describing My Country And I Dont Think Any Qatari People Do, If You Dont Like Qatar Get The Hell Out, And If You Are Happy With These News "Qatari Rapes , Kill , ..." And By The Way Do You Wanna Be In One If These Kill Articles Becuase I Can Rape You Then Kill You Then Rape Your Mom Ass Then Kill Her And Put Near To You I Can I Really Do Why I Dont Think Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Would Like What You Said About His Country So Killing You Is Okay No Prison , And You Are In My Country And I Have The Right To Kill You After What You Said Tell Me Where You Are Whats Your Name And Whre To Met You I Do Really Hope To See You!

Wow, this is the future of

Wow, this is the future of Qatar. Sad.

Just a brilliant place for a

Just a brilliant place for a world cup...........NOT

yea but remmber they paid to

yea but remmber they paid to hold the world cup cause they knew they would never win the bid hahahahahahaahahahahah loosers

Great example of a Qatari Attitude

What a wonderful way to represent your people.

Rather then taking it on the chin and accepting anothers opinion.

Ppor you...

Dear Qatari,

Please!... what you are doing with this kind of reply is to confirm what everybody thinks: That many of you are a bunch of non-educated, low-cultured prepotent and nasty people... what do you want us the expats to think, if you are doing wrong stuff all the time?... and then this reply... do you seriously think that I could write this kind of things if you are at my country?... I believe that it is time for you to understand that you are not over nobody, and that all the people working at Qatar are there because YOU don't know how to do anything productive. Even more, you MUST be thankful with all the expats because without them, your country would collapse so quickly that you could go back to be fishermen and pearl harvsters, and don't get me wrong... I believe that you Qataris are people that could do better and be better... but only if you want to...

Get this into your head: The expats are not your slaves... the expats are your saviours... because without them you would never be the country you say you are. And please understand that threatening people and saying this kind of dumb things will not make you to be a better man... it will only make you to look like a person who has no idea about being humble and accepting that a change is always good and that you can be better... remember that money is not everything, and that your value is inside yourself, and not in your car and your watch... please... don't let yourselves believe that being rich is everything... don't your dare to think that being rich gives you the right to misstreat people... remember that EVERYTHING you do to other will be paid in this earth... better be good people... don't let others to think that you are the worse people in the world.

not surprising..

most if not all qatari people who actually bother to get off there lazy asses to work end up just going and sitting in there offices, a qatari man's idea of work is to delegating HIS work to those below him and as a result those below him have to bare the burden of doing 2 jobs at the same time
Qatar is goin to hell in 10 tears as the new generation of qataris only know hash,rape and watching other people do there work for them.

Working day

Yep, totally agree. Hole in one.

Qatari Mans day = rock up 30 minutes late, coffee, chat, pray, lunch, coffee, blackberry, chat, home on the dot.

Qatari Womans day = rock up 1 hour late (if at all), chat, blackberry, chat, coffee, pray, long lunch, chat, blackberry, walk around, home on the dot.

Expat day = Arrive on the dot (1 minute late brings a disciplinary notice), coffee, work, lunch, work, coffee, work, leave at least 1 hour after Qatari's leave. (Then sometimes back on the weekend)