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Sometimes, we get curious about what has happened. You are there for your friend, and not to satisfy your curiousity. If your friend wants to share, let him and if he doesn’t, just be present and respectful to the pain of his loss. In grieving, some people prefer to be doing things, stay with their emotions or both. Do what feels right for your friend. Restrain from saying things like “pain will heal all wound”, “don’t cry and just move on”, “you should be crying”, “he’s in a better place”. These are commonly said words as we don’t know what else to say but these can sound dismissive of the loss.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impact, uprooting lives all over the globe. Due to disrupted routines, social isolation, quarantine measures, health worries and the looming economic recession, there has been a rise in anxiety, depression, substance abuse and insomnia in the general population. It is likely that COVID-19 is here to stay, and the virus will continue to mutate. When the number of infections spike, some of us may choose to self-isolate. Here are four ways to combat COVID-19 blues as we settle into the new normal.
Are you experiencing higher levels of anxiety than usual? Ever wondered what are the different types of anxiety disorders, and how they differ from one another? Learn about the various types of anxiety disorders, one of the commonest forms of mental disorders diagnosed by GPs and psychiatrists.
The prevalence of mental illness in modern day society continues to rise. For every person who seek professional help, there could be a dozen who are quietly suffering. In this article, our Wellness Editor discuss the possible reasons for this trend.
Eating disorders are common but serious medical conditions that often start in teenage years. Dr Victor Kwok, psychiatrist and medical doctor, explains why the pandemic may have resulted in more cases. He will also discuss the symptoms of eating disorders and various treatment methods.
How do ADHD present differently in men and women? What are the implications of these differences, and why is it important for doctors and the public to be more aware of this? Dr Tay Kai Hong, Psychiatrist from Private Space Medical, shares his insights and more in this 5-question series.
Stress is no stranger to us. We experience it when placed in difficult situations, and while it is usually thought of negatively, good stress motivates us to push ourselves and get specific tasks done. In this article, Dr. Victor Kwok, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, shares useful tips on managing stress.
Stress is an inevitable part of life. It is important for us to learn how to be resilient when faced with stress at different stages of our lives. Resilience is the ability to positively adapt to difficult situations and use resources to recover effectively.
DSWPD is a type of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder with a pattern of delayed sleep onset and wake times. They are often called “night owls” as their biological clock is set to a later time. For instance, instead of sleeping at conventional timings like 11 pm and waking up at 7 am.
Social phobia (also known as social anxiety disorder) is characterised by an intense fear of being negatively judged by others in social settings. Persons with social phobia are excessively worried about being embarrassed or humiliated. It is more than mere shyness and can leads to avoidance of the office or team activities.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects approximately 4.4% of adults1. It was previously believed that children with ADHD outgrow the condition as their brains “mature” with age, but it is now known that up to 15-65% of children with ADHD will have their symptoms persist well into adulthood2.
The data captured by these tech devices are objective and clinically relevant. Such data may relate to sleep patterns, activity levels and time spent at home. An elevated and fluctuating resting heart rate may be a surrogate marker for high-stress levels.
Imagine this. Its 2am in the morning. You have been tossing and turning in bed for the past 3 hours, trying hard to fall asleep, but your mind just refuses to shut off. You find yourself increasingly frustrated. You check your watch – its 2.30am. You think to yourself “this is messed up. Tomorrow will be ruined”. You continue to fuss in bed. You shut your eyes and it feels like eternity. You lie motionless in bed, but you know your mind is active – actively trying to fall asleep.
Psychiatrist Dr Tay Kai Hong talks about what constitutes a psychiatric / psychological condition and explains his 5Ds framework. How do we differentiate normal stress from a disorder? And when should we seek help for psychological distress?
Psychiatrist Dr Tay Kai Hong talks about what constitutes a psychiatric / psychological condition and explains his 5Ds framework. How do we differentiate normal stress from a disorder? And when should we seek help for psychological distress?
People with depression usually have several of the above symptoms. A diagnosis of depression may be made by a trained mental health professional when the symptoms are severe, persistent and causes impairment to a person’s life.
Are anxiety disorders common? Yes they are. A large 2016 mental health study in Singapore found that 1.6% of the population suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This may not sound like much, but it translates to almost 100,000 Singapore residents.
Join Dr Victor Kwok, Psychiatrist, Private Space Medical and Shynn Tay, LilasBlooms, in Mindful Bouquet Creation. In this master class, learn tips on floral arrangement from Shynn and mindfulness techniques from Dr Kwok to beautify your home, calm your mind and manage stress. It will end with a Q&A on depression symptoms and treatment.
After assessing my patients, I often suggest that they consider therapy. There are many misconceptions about psychological therapy. This may perhaps be due to the way therapy is portrayed on television (e.g. in Infernal Affairs, Tony Leong is talking to his therapist, Kelly Chen, while lying on the couch).