How can I treat PTSD in Singapore?Mental Health Psychiatry
I have been struggling with un-diagnosed PTSD and have been reading up how I can cope. I sleep very little, sometimes between 3 to 4 hours for a 24 hours period, as often, I would be woken up by terrible nightmares. I experience mood swings, outburst, and vivid dreams. I also became very depressed and suicidal. Thank you in advance for your suggestions and recommendations.
Persons with PTSD usually have experienced a traumatic incident. It will be good to get attention from an experienced psychiatrist as soon as possible so that you do not have to suffer in silence any further.
Treatments include medications (SSRIs to dampen the arousal, decrease nightmares and stabilise mood) and psychological interventions. Sufferers of PTSD can have relief from their bad experiences, so do seek treatment early.
Dr Ng Beng Yeong
MBBS, MMed (Psychiatry), FAMS
MOUNT ELIZABETH MEDICAL CENTRE
#15 - 05 Singapore 228510
Thank you for asking this question that will benefit a lot of patients.
It is very terrible to have to undergo a traumatic experience. It is important to seek treatment as early as possible as it can lead to other mental health and physical health issues.
The mainstay of treatment is still psychological, or "talk therapy". There could be many treatment types within psychological treatment. But the first step is getting yourself to the room of a trained clinical psychologist. These people should have a post graduate qualification in clinical/counselling psychology.
Once you are there, the psychologist might use the following:
1) Cognitive behavioural therapy
2) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
3) Mindfulness and relaxation therapy
Or combinations and many other effective treatments.
And of course if all else fails, you might need medicatons.
Dr Paul Ang
MBBS, GDFM, MRCSEd
266C Punggol Way
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