World Bipolar Day 2016

Tomorrow is world bipolar day. It falls on 30th March every year and this date was chosen as it was the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed to probably have bipolar disorder. There is not alot of understanding about bipolar disorder in Singapore. It seems that most people are more familiar and…

I had a black dog

I bought this illustration book by Matthew Johnstone recently and he used the clever analogy of the black dog to describe what life is like living with depression. The black dog was a term first coined to describe Winston Churchill’s bouts of depression. With World Mental Health Day round the corner, I thought I’d post…

Young and Mentally Ill

We’re coming to the end of the Term. I told a teacher this morning that my mind is willing but my flesh is weak…my mind told me I needed to come to work but my flesh wanted to stay in bed! So I can imagine how tired some of you must be feeling both in…

Psychosis or Possession?

Okay I have no life.  During Chinese  New Year instead of shamelessly collecting ang pows (shameless considering my age) I was reading an article titled ‘arresting psychosis in the young’ in The Straits Times just this past weekend. In this article, it talked about a large-scale research study that the Institute of Mental Health (IMH)…

People with Depression

I’m not sure why it’s helpful to know celebrities who had to battle clinical depression. Perhaps it makes us feel that “okay…if this person who is so successful, rich and famous had depression then it’s okay that I too am battling depression”. Perhaps there are miscontrued mindsets about people who get depression, that they must be…

What is Depression?

You might have heard the word ‘depression’ being bandied around sometimes. You might also have heard your classmate say, ‘I feel so depressed I don’t feel like coming to school’. There are lots of information available online on what depression really is but I thought I would write about it anyway because the way I…

A series on Mental Illness

I’ve been wanting to write a series on mental illness for some time coming now. You can say it’s one of my pet topics apart from youth issues and I’m oddly passionate about educating people with regards to mental illness. Maybe it’s because there are so many misconceptions surrounding mental illness and there’s still so much stigmatization pervasive in…