Answered by Al Habib Omar bin Hafidh

Question: What is the ruling regarding visiting a psychiatrist, because many consider those who visit a psychiatrist to be deranged or crazy? How does the Religion perceive the idea of a patient revealing his life secrets to the doctor?

Answer: [Assalam alaykum]

Seeking treatment from a psychiatrist is the same as seeking treatment from any other doctor. Islam does not interdict it unless it is associated with another matter that is interdicted, such as a female seeking direct treatment from a male doctor when a female doctor is available and vice versa, or any other interdicted actions. Visiting a psychiatrist or any other doctor is not inherently interdicted.

As for revealing secrets to a psychiatrist or a physician, it is allowed in so much as there is a need, and in the matters that the religion has permitted in this case. However, one should not reveal anything of his sins that are related to [the breaching of] honor, in particular, as those are among the matters that Allah likes to be concealed. He must not reveal this to the doctor or any other person. He should only mention matters related to his situation that help in treating him as necessary, to avoid harming others or violating the protective concealment between him and his Lord.

Translated by Lama AlKhathlan

Al Habib Omar bin Hafidh is a descendant of the Prophet (upon him be Allah’s peace and blessings). Born into a family of scholars, Habib Umar, pursued the sacred sciences from a young age, including Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, ‘Aqeedah, Arabic, and Spirituality. In 1994, he established Dar al-Mustafa, an educational institute in Tarim, Yemem.

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ما حكم زيارة الطبيب النفسي لأن كثيرا من الناس يعتبر من يزور الطبيب النفسي معقدا أو مجنونا ؟ وما رأي الدين في أن المريض يبوح بأسرار حياته للدكتور؟

طلب العلاج عند طبيب نفسي كطلب العلاج عند غيره من الأطباء، كل ذلك لا يحرِّم منه الشرع شيئاً إلا ما اتصل به أمر آخر خارج عن مجرد العلاج؛ كأن يفضي الطبيب الرجل من المرأة الأجنبية مع وجود القائم بالطب من النساء أو العكس، أو غير ذلك من الأشياء التي هي في حد ذاتها محرمة.
أما التردد إلى أي طبيب نفسي أو غيره فلا شيء فيه في أصله،

وأما البوح بالأسرار للدكتور أو الطبيب فإنه جائز بمقدار الحاجة في الأمور التي أباحها الشرع في مثل هذه الحالة،

ولا يدخل في ذلك ذكره لشيء من معاصيه المتعلقة بالأعراض خاصةً فإن ذلك مما أحب الله تعالى ستره، لا يُفشى لدكتور ولا غيره، وإنما يذكر له ما يتعلق بالحال الذي هو فيه مما يساعده على معالجته بحسب الضرورة، مبتعداً عما يضر بالغير أو عما يكون هتكاً للستر بينه وبين الله تعالى.

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