What causes Depression?

Why it is important to understand the causes of clinical depression? Understanding what causes depression enables one to design the optimal treatment plan. For example, if you moved from the tropics to Canada and did not see the sun for days at a time then, your psychotherapist might point out ...

Jul 3

Categories: Depression

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Eleanor Rigby and all the lonely people

In 1966, the Beatles wrote about Eleanor Rigby and the lonliness and depression she experienced: All the lonely people Where do they all come from? All the lonely people Where do they all belong? Loneliness is something that ...

May 10

Categories: Attachment Issues, Bullying, Codependency / Dependency, Depression, ...

Written By:
Joanna Fishman

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Australian women talk about their experience with depression

Depression is a common illness, affecting people with very different lifestyles and backgrounds. Yet there are varying degrees of depression. Some kinds are much more incapacitating than others. Some people experience mild depression, ...

Mar 8

Categories: Depression, Emptiness, Women's Issues

Written By:
Joanna Fishman

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Am I Doing what I Really, Really, Want to Do?

With clients who are dissatisfied with their lives and feel it is “all meaningless”, I have found it useful to ask “Are you doing what you really, really, want to do?” Initially many clients are a bit stunned by this question but then after a moment of reflection many reply ...

Feb 25

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Career Development and ...

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Financial Hardship Changes Your Brain

The role of hardship in the association between socio-economic position and depression The World Health Organization reports “Depression is the leading cause of disability as measured by YLD (Years Lost to Disability)”1 Depression could be described as a general feeling of sadness or ...

Nov 16

Categories: Depression

Written By:
Tony Brown

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How does anti-social behavior during Childhood shape the Adult life

“Hate is as injurious to the subject of hate as it is to the object of hate.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This statement made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been one of my lifelong favorites. It goes past the typical non-violence quote by concentrating on how violent thoughts ...

Oct 25

Categories: Adult psychological development, Antisocial personality, Child and/or ...

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Can Depression in an Individual be predicted?

What if we had the ability to predict or even prevent mental illness? A study in the Australian Journal of Psychology1 suggests that we may be able to soon. We estimate that by 2030 depression will be the leading cause of disease burden worldwide2 This is forecasted despite the fact that our ...

Sep 27

Categories: Adult psychological development, Depression

Written By:
Tony Brown

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Top Ten Specific Mental Disorders

Most of us worry about the possibility of getting physically sick at some time in our life and that is why insurance coverage of medical diseases is so common. However, how many of us even think about developing a psychological illness let alone get insurance coverage for it? Yet a recent and very ...

Apr 16

Categories: Adult ADHD, Agoraphobia, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity ...

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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What stops people with mental health issues from seeking treatment?

Worldwide, a large majority of those with mental illness fail to receive adequate treatment and hence undergo unnecessary suffering. Arguably as tragic is the suffering experienced by the family members who agonize about the inexplicable and seemingly never ending mental anguish of their loved ...

Feb 7

Categories: Depression, Prejudice / Discrimination, Mental Health in Asia, Self ...

Written By:
Brian Scott

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How can you help a family member or friend who may be suffering from ...

As a practising psychologist in Singapore, I often receive calls from distraught family members asking what they can do if they have a family member or friend who they suspect is suffering from depression but who is reluctant to see a mental health professional. The main goal in this situation, is ...

Jan 25

Categories: Depression, Family Problems

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Book review of “My Voice: Overcoming”

On hearing of a newly published book on depression titled “My Voice; Overcoming”, I decided to contact the author, Mr Chua Seng Lee , to determine if there was some way of introducing this insightful book to readers of my blog. He was extremely friendly in our email exchanges and ...

Dec 6

Categories: Depression

Written By:
Brian Scott

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