Recovery Journey #2: The Gap Between

It happened around 3 years ago, I enjoyed my university life and I’m in love like everyone used to be, the only difference is, the one whom I loved is a “she”. I came from a conservative country and family, I couldn’t imagine how much efforts that I needed to change my mind in order […]

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Recovery Journey #1: Reaching Out

It is really not easy talking about having depression and anxiety, and writing about it does not get any easier either. In fact, doing this makes me a little anxious. But, I will try, because I want to let people know that there is nothing to be shameful or afraid of, and we should seek professional […]

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Causes of Depression: A Biopsychosocial View

According to the World Health Organisation, depression is the world’s fourth leading cause of burden of disease currently. In Singapore, the 2010 Singapore National Mental Health Survey reported a 6.3% lifetime prevalence of depression in the Singapore adult population. Depression is a major health problem which impairs psychosocial and occupational functioning, and is associated with […]

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Depression, the opposite of happiness?

What is depression? Depression aka. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is one of the most widespread psychological disorders, often referred to as the “common cold” in mental health. The prevalence has become increasingly alarming– even the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that depression will be the second most disabling disease following heart disease by year 2020, […]

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Recovery Journey #3: Cul de Sac

Hey, I am a university student. SUICIDE! The word suicide does get everyone’s attention and yet all the stigma.. are making people that need a lot of care not to seek help. As a suicide attempter myself, I feel lonely at all times. I feel that everyone don’t understand me. I often want a full […]

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Journey #6: Null & Void

When it is really bad, I don’t know what to do. It feels like I am on repeat. All the thoughts. All of them seem to haunt me even when I am in a “good mood.” And they all seem reasonable, but they are things that I can do nothing about. I feel helpless to […]

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Journey #5: Mind & Body

As an elite athlete, my life revolves around training and competing. I train 6 hours a day, and participate in all sorts of world ranking events. However, 2015 is when I hit my all time low. I was on a roll, winning all competitions and training my heart out to get a spot for the […]

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Journey #13: Depression & Anxiety – Fight Poison with Poison

Depression & Anxiety – Fight Poison with Poison Fight Poison with Poison  (Chinese pinyin: yi3 du2 gong1 du2) This is a Chinese idiom which literally means combat poison with poison. Evil must be driven out by evil. The principle is often used in Chinese’s medicine. I used this principle to handle the following condition: ·         Unable to […]

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Journey #4: We Need to Talk About This

I was diagnosed with depression at 16 but I’ve depression since I was 10 years old. It’s a crippling disease and it’s so difficult to live with. There are days when I’m surrounded by friends and feel alone, then my thoughts get worse at thinking that if I was gone they would all be happier. […]

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Debunking The 4 Myths About Depression

1 in 17 people in Singapore languished Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) at some point in their lives. Despite its prevalence, only a few people seek help because they are afraid of the social stigma or labels that can be placed on them. We as human beings fear the unknown. Hence, the lack of adequate knowledge […]

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