Common Mental Health Disorders In Singapore

Common Mental Health Disorders In Singapore

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I have invisible bugs crawling in my hair, eyes, ears and body.  I suspect these are springfields and they jump onto my eyelashes and at times, i can feel them crawling in my eyes.  I know this sounds ridiculous and i find it unbelievable as well.  I read somewhere in the web that bathing in vinegar helps.  Are there any other methods to get rid of these pests?  I felt tired easily and temperamental – think this is due to lack of sleep as the bugs kept me awake…  is there anything i can eat/drink to flush these out?  Please help.  thanks.

I have a lot of strange thoughts. Also, I relate a bit differently to my peers. I seem to like social interaction less than a lot of people I meet. How do I know if I have mental issues, and where can I go to seek help in Singapore? 

I'm 17 this year, and believe I'm having depression and various anxiety, for years now. Due to environmental factors and events, I've recently gotten worse and am finally thinking of seeking formal help. However, my parents do not believe in mental illnesses, and I am aware they will not provide me with any form of support be it monetary or emotionally, and I can't afford any medical fees incurred myself. Should I still consider trying to look for help? How do I get help?

Are there any alternatives to IMH for inpatient hospitalisation? What private and public psychiatric wards are available in Singapore for inpatient hospitalisation? 

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.

I have decided to seek help for my depression and anxiety, and have heard that it is advisable to get a referral to a psychiatrist from a polyclinic. I prefer to go to a private rather than government-based clinic. Which will the polyclinic refer me to? Is it possible for me to request for a private one? Are all clinics located within a government hospital considered government-based? Or are there private clinics located at government hospitals? Thank you.

Hi there! I was warded at IMH 5 years ago for OCD. I discontinued treatment ever since as I did not feel that the medication was helping me. However, my parents said that they can still call an ambulance to take me to IMH by force if they feel that my condition has worsened.

I just turned 21. Few months back, I dropped out of university and that hit me really hard. Seeing peers around your age excelling in life and having fun, that affected me a lot emotionally. I do understand that everyone has their own timeline, but I feel that age is catching up and there is no time to lose. Right now, I feel like I cannot concentrate on anything I do. Despite having a job, I feel out of place at work, and I'm not able to do anything productive. I lost interest in almost everything, even my favourite past time activities. I also find it hard to meet new people and make friends, or even strike a conversation with people. I feel so lost and stressed about life. What should I do to look after my mental health?

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