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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Journey #10: What We Can’t See Sometimes Hurts Us

Depression itself is a processs and if I were to talk about it, I do not know where to begin in fact. But perhaps, the information that would be helpful for the public to understand our situation is to speak out our mind when we are under the rumination or cycle of depression. When my […]

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The Psychology of Breaking Up: Closing

Click here to read part 1 and part 2: If you have the habit of pondering about how your brain and heart influence your thoughts, you might have realized that sometimes our brain and heart are not good teammates. We would need less effort making a decision when they are both in sync. However, when […]

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The Psychology Behind Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go hardly needs any introduction. We know what is it about, what actions does it involve, and are even somewhat familiar with the franchise behind it. But it is not exactly clear what are the factors that had led it to a level of unprecedented virality. The game design and user experience is not […]

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The Psychology of Breaking Up: Part One

I believe we have all heard of the cliched notion that “people come and go”. This is the essence of all human interactions, the tragic beauty of impermanence. People come and bond together, gave each other a life lesson and then inevitably, they leave, even if it is a romantic relationship. Despite the unchangeable and sad fact […]

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