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Are there any alternatives to anti-depressants for severe depression and anxiety?

Hi Mint, Thanks for your question, and I’m very sorry to hear that you are going through such a horrible time. I can only imagine how tough it must be, as I had a really close doctor flat mate in London who had depression for over two years as well. Before I answer further, I’m going to give the cav...
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Do I need to see a psychiatrist for possible acne-related depression?

Dear Trisya, Sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with depression. Certain medical conditions, esp. those affecting the way we look, can definitely affect our self esteem and social lives. While I’m glad to hear that your skin condition has improved with treatment, I do think it would be helpfu...
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Should I stop taking anti-depressants?

Dear mm_f, Sorry to hear that you’re going through such a tough time. Individuals struggling with eating disorders often experience low mood, and these symptoms are very frequently associated with stress. It appears to me that you’re actively seeking help, which is a good sign. However, as what Dr E...
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Should I go to a doctor for a panic attack?

Hi there, your description does sound typical of a panic attack. Hyperventilating will make your symptoms worse, as well as cause the tingling and numbness that you’ve described. Try to consciously slow down your breathing for about 20 minutes the next time it occurs. Panic attacks are usually compl...
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THE COMPLETE LIST OF RESOURCES TO HELP SOMEONE IN SINGAPORE WITH DEPRESSION (2018)

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Posted on Fri Apr 20 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

It's time to end the stigma. My name is Darren Toh, and today I will be guiding you through all the avenues from which you can seek help in Singapore if you feel that you are suffering from Depression (or other mental illnesses).

Before we begin though, there is something I need to point out.

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CAN YOUR DOCTOR FORCIBLY HOSPITALISE YOU IN IMH? (YES, THEY CAN)

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Posted on Fri Apr 13 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hello everyone, I am Darren Toh. I have written for DoctorxDentist in the past about depression and mental illnesses, you can read about them here:

A Depressed Patient’s Journey Through Singapore's Hospitals Part 1 (SGH and Mt Elizabeth Hospital)

A Depressed Patient's Journey Through Singapore's Hospitals Part 2 (IMH General Ward)

A Depressed Patient's Journey Through Singapore's Hospitals Part 3 (IMH Mood Disorder Unit)

Today, I'm going to talk about something very interesting that I'm certain has crossed everyones' minds: INVOLUNTARY HOSPITALISATION

I'll be breaking down the legal mumbo-jumbo for everyone so that you can have a better understanding of what rights the patient has when it comes to the law.

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A DEPRESSED PATIENT'S JOURNEY THROUGH SINGAPORE'S HOSPITALS PART 3 (IMH MOOD DISORDER UNIT)

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Posted on Fri Mar 30 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

What's wrong with hospital food?

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Will having an eating disorder affect my hormones?

Dear Janice, Eating disorders can involve a restrictive pattern where there’s dieting and excessive exercise, or a binge eating pattern which involves binge eating and purging. Most women with eating disorders have a low body weight and in extreme cases, the body mass index can be as low as 15kg/m2 ...
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How do I know what I need to reveal to my psychologist during therapy?

Dear D, Thank you for sharing your intimate story. This sounds really terrible. Yes it certainly sounds like child abuse, and if you are not so old, it might still be a reportable offense to the police and MSF-Child protection services. Therapy is a two way street. The ability for the patient to ben...
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Do I have an eating disorder if I feel most hungry after midnight?

Dear J, That does not necessarily mean that you have an eating disorder. There is concern of a possible eating disorder when you make yourself feel sick by being too full, or if you lose control over how much you eat, or if you think you're fat when people around you tell you that you're too thin. A...
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What can I do about my disrupted sleep cycle that's leaving me exhausted?

Hi there! Habit is not easy to change overnight. As you have mentioned that you’re having trouble falling asleep, but have no problem with staying asleep until someone wakes you up, this is actually not bad at all. I’d suggest these tips to help you fall asleep faster: drink warm water before bed if...
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What can I do to stop my constant headaches without relying on painkillers?

Dear C, Thank you for sharing your concerns. Sounds like you are a young lady with "mild depression" who gets frequent headaches. Most people can feel like they are at their wit's ends when dealing with such problems. There seem to be infinite treatment and test options. It can be hard to find a doc...
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A DEPRESSED PATIENT'S JOURNEY THROUGH SINGAPORE'S HOSPITALS PART 2 (IMH GENERAL WARD)

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Posted on Tue Mar 13 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Continued from A Depressed Patient’s Journey Through Singapore's Hospitals Part 1 (SGH and Mt Elizabeth Hospital)

I have to begin this by saying you are not allowed to use your phone while warded in IMH. They get a zero out of five star rating for this.

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Are there any anti-depressants and sleeping pills which can be purchased off the counter in Singapore?

Dear anonymous, Thank you for sharing your question and taking a big first step to seek help. I am a family physician with a special interest in mental health. In my opinion, using medications to treat mental health problems is not exactly the best solution. Do consider seeing a family physician wit...
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A DEPRESSED PATIENT’S JOURNEY THROUGH SINGAPORE'S HOSPITALS PART 1 (SGH AND MT ELIZABETH HOSPITAL)

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Posted on Tue Jan 09 2018 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hello everyone, it’s me, Darren Toh. I suffer from severe depression, and previously wrote about my experience with Electroconvulsive Therapy here. Being renowned for having a refined taste for only the best psychiatric services in Singapore, I'm here today to present my review of 4 different Psychiatric facilities in Singapore:

  • The Psych Ward of Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • The Psych Ward of Mount Elizabeth Hospital (MEH)
  • The General Ward of the Institute of Mental Health (IMH)
  • The Mood Disorder Unit (MDU) of IMH.
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THIS IS WHAT RECEIVING ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION FEELS LIKE

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Posted on Thu Dec 14 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

It doesn’t feel like anything. You’re unconscious while the procedure is being carried out. The end. (Just kidding).

Hello everyone, my name is Darren Toh, and I suffer from Treatment Resistant Major Depressive Disorder (or more commonly known as Severe Depression).

I've been invited by DoctorXDentist to write about my experience living with severe depression. Today, I’ll be writing about Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT, also known as Electroshock Therapy).

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JUST BREATHE FOR REDUCED STRESS AND HEALTHIER TEETH!

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Posted on Wed Apr 05 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Bet your bottom dollar you didn’t know this, but stress is one of the biggest risk factors for gum disease progression! It can exacerbate gum disease suddenly and cause your teeth to shake. And sadly, I have concluded that no one is spared from the effects of stress.

From the rich to the poor, from the young to the old, from the educated to the illiterate. Stress affects everyone, but the ones that remain healthy and unaffected by stress are the ones that have learnt to cope with it.

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Are there any anti-depressants and sleeping pills which can be purchased off the counter in Singapore?

Dear anonymous, Thank you for sharing your question and taking a big first step to seek help. I am a family physician with a special interest in mental health. In my opinion, using medications to treat mental health problems is not exactly the best solution. Do consider seeing a family physician wit...
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Should I go to a doctor for a panic attack?

Hi there, your description does sound typical of a panic attack. Hyperventilating will make your symptoms worse, as well as cause the tingling and numbness that you’ve described. Try to consciously slow down your breathing for about 20 minutes the next time it occurs. Panic attacks are usually compl...
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Are there any alternatives to anti-depressants for severe depression and anxiety?

Hi Mint, Thanks for your question, and I’m very sorry to hear that you are going through such a horrible time. I can only imagine how tough it must be, as I had a really close doctor flat mate in London who had depression for over two years as well. Before I answer further, I’m going to give the cav...
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What can I do to stop my constant headaches without relying on painkillers?

Dear C, Thank you for sharing your concerns. Sounds like you are a young lady with "mild depression" who gets frequent headaches. Most people can feel like they are at their wit's ends when dealing with such problems. There seem to be infinite treatment and test options. It can be hard to find a doc...
1 Doctor Answer
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How do I know what I need to reveal to my psychologist during therapy?

Dear D, Thank you for sharing your intimate story. This sounds really terrible. Yes it certainly sounds like child abuse, and if you are not so old, it might still be a reportable offense to the police and MSF-Child protection services. Therapy is a two way street. The ability for the patient to ben...
3 Doctor Answers
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Do I need to see a psychiatrist for possible acne-related depression?

Dear Trisya, Sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with depression. Certain medical conditions, esp. those affecting the way we look, can definitely affect our self esteem and social lives. While I’m glad to hear that your skin condition has improved with treatment, I do think it would be helpfu...
1 Doctor Answer
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Should I stop taking anti-depressants?

Dear mm_f, Sorry to hear that you’re going through such a tough time. Individuals struggling with eating disorders often experience low mood, and these symptoms are very frequently associated with stress. It appears to me that you’re actively seeking help, which is a good sign. However, as what Dr E...
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Do I have an eating disorder if I feel most hungry after midnight?

Dear J, That does not necessarily mean that you have an eating disorder. There is concern of a possible eating disorder when you make yourself feel sick by being too full, or if you lose control over how much you eat, or if you think you're fat when people around you tell you that you're too thin. A...
1 Doctor Answer
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Will having an eating disorder affect my hormones?

Dear Janice, Eating disorders can involve a restrictive pattern where there’s dieting and excessive exercise, or a binge eating pattern which involves binge eating and purging. Most women with eating disorders have a low body weight and in extreme cases, the body mass index can be as low as 15kg/m2 ...
1 Doctor Answer
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What can I do about my disrupted sleep cycle that's leaving me exhausted?

Hi there! Habit is not easy to change overnight. As you have mentioned that you’re having trouble falling asleep, but have no problem with staying asleep until someone wakes you up, this is actually not bad at all. I’d suggest these tips to help you fall asleep faster: drink warm water before bed if...
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