Barriers to Seeking Counseling in Malaysia

Over the years, mental health issues have been constantly on the rise around the world, including Malaysia. Statistics showed that one-third of our population age 16 and above is experiencing various mental health disorders such as depression (The Sun Daily, 2016). However, many of us take our mental health for granted although similar care and […]

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[Review] Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

“The main advantage of books over life is that they can be redrafted and redrafted, whereas life, alas, is always a first draft.” Preface Not too long ago, my social media feed was flooded with images of a certain book passage about happiness. It went like this: “The world is increasingly designed to depress us. […]

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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 #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 #12: Painted Blue

The isolation engulfed my conscious. The silent befriends with me. It creeps into my life and stays with me. My world was in slow motion and painted in grey-white tiers. The whole world was cornering me as I was standing in the center. The issues and problems looked so huge and tall. My father was […]

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