How can a country that prides itself on healthcare policies view mental illness as a second or third priority? What I hope for is the day mental illness is treated with the same importance and seriousness as any other illness. Mental illness is, after all, a brain disorder.
Busting common myths about psychiatric medication, a topic that can be riddled with many misconceptions. An info-graph created by Claire.
The first time my boyfriend hid my nearly empty packet of Alprazolam (an anti-anxiety drug that is commonly known as Xanax, and acts as a minor tranquilizer) and my brand new packet of Sertraline (an SSRI-type anti-depressant that is commonly known as Zoloft), I wanted to kill him. And, if I’m being honest, also myself.
I recently realised something. They looked at my resume, decided I was a suitable candidate and called me down. They liked my experience and education. However, the moment they realised I had a mental illness, my qualifications meant nothing. I became a walking mental illness.
Mental illness makes you do a lot of things that people would deem “stupid”. They may sound melodramatic to an outsider, but to someone actually experiencing them, they are frustrating and terrifying. Many people do not understand that.
The mental health continuum looks at mental health and mental illness as separate things. They may affect each other, but one does not determine the other. In other words, you can have brilliant mental health but yet have a mental illness.
Singapore students produce the best academic results but face the highest levels of academic anxiety globally.
Thinspo, or thin-inspiration, is more rampant than ever today – it is every Internet user’s responsibility to work against its rise, and the leaders Ana and Mia.
There are many misconceptions about psychosis, which is – by definition: a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality – used as a noun, so “they were suffering from a psychosis”. We want to dispel some myths about psychosis – and maybe stir the sitting pot that is conversation.
Antidepressants are used in the treatment of depressive disorders (e.g. major depressive disorder, dysthymia). They can also be used for other conditions, such as anxiety disorders.
Some see it as a sensitive topic when they want to ask about my experience with mental illness, but honestly, I like it. Apart from just offering a different perspective, sharing with them my experience and answering questions forces me to reflect on my past.
Hi readers! We’re looking for people to write about mental health on this site. It can be a one-time thing, so don’t worry about commitment. You don’t need to have experience with mental illness to write or professional writing experience. Do leave us a message or comment with your contact details if you’re interested. Thank you (:
But what if other people don’t see it that way? What if they don’t take me seriously anymore? What if they doubt my competence? This doesn’t just apply to employers, but future clients as well. Would people trust a counsellor like me? Nonetheless, I will not stop writing about mental health. I will not stop fighting stigma. It is a life goal of mine I am not willing to give up.
When those with mental illnesses are relatively “normal” and able to function (more or less), displaying only the more “passive” symptoms, people are usually fine around them. They treat them like just another person, knowing full well (s)he has a condition.
The previous post introducing #Blog4MH, a project which has just ended involving bloggers from around the world writing about mental health, has been updated.
Not many people are aware of this, but there are different forms of bipolar. Today, we’ll be looking at some of them.
For simmers everywhere, making the perfect Sim is always fun – you get to customise appearance, voice, personality, clothing, and aspirations, all of which will affect the way your Sims behave. Something that has been rising in popularity in the mod market allows you to give your Sim traits related to mental illness. In January, I chanced upon Depressed Trait by saphryn and, of course, gave it to the Sim I named after myself. A few days ago, I found several more similar mods. I downloaded Social Anxiety Disorder – Trait by iridescentlaura and Bipolar Trait by emile20 and got to playing.
When you get to reading about mental disorders and diagnoses, it is very likely you will run into acronyms such as DSM-5, DSM-V, DSM-IV, and DSM-IV-TR. This is a short post that, hopefully, will give you a rough idea of what those acronyms are.
A lot of youths do not have the means to seek professional help. Should a game like SPARX, however, make itself available in Singapore, there would be an easily accessible mental health resource that youths can turn to. Skills learned through SPARX are useful to those who do not have mental illness as well – they could act as a preventive measure against depression by increasing mental resilience. This would be exceptionally important for students who experience bullying in school, which strongly correlates with anxiety and depression.
Volunteering with Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) – either by taking on the role of a support leader or trainer for their classes – has been extremely rewarding. A new class just started last week and I’m a trainer. Like the three other classes I have been involved in, I gain new knowledge and insight every lesson. Here are three examples of things I have learned: (1) Misery loves company It sounds rather clichéd, but relationships with individuals going through a similar plight can be very therapeutic. It isn’t something to be wished upon others, but it’s a relief to find […]
This is a post I’ve been thinking about writing from the start of the weekend. If you know me in real life, you will not be surprised to read about this post. If you don’t know me in real life, don’t worry, I won’t shut up about it so you’ll hear about it often enough.
The Green Ribbon The colour green was used to identify individuals as “insane” in the past. Today, the green ribbon has become a symbol of mental health awareness in many countries, including Ireland, America, and Canada. We will be placing a green ribbon on our site as a constant reminder of our vision – a society whereby mental health is taken seriously. Mental Health Awareness Month May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which means the #Blog4MH Challenge is here! #Blog4MH is a mental health and wellness blogging challenge, hosted periodically through the year. Anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts and perspectives on mental health and wellness […]
Do note that this post is directed towards friends of those with mental illness; not caregivers. Sometimes we have to take a step back when a relationship is too harmful. This is an unavailable option for a lot of caregivers but, when it comes to other relationships, walking away is sometimes the best option.
Mental health: A state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. ~ World Health Organisation
Welcome to Winding Through The Willows! This is a site dedicated to raising awareness for not just mental illness, but mental health and self-care too. Amongst others, we talk about mental illness; where and when to seek help; risk factors of mental illness; coping skills; and, the importance of self-care.
Mental illness is a term that seems to be appearing often in the media now. On television, in the cinema, on the news, you hear people talk about depression, anorexia, psychosis… 1In Singapore, 1 in 12 people have a mental illness. Yet, a lot of people still do not know what they actually mean. Before going into the specific terms like depression, let’s look at what mental illness is.