State of support for Children with Disabilities in Singapore

When I first moved to Singapore, I was initially struck by just how differently the attitude towards children with disabilities were from what I had known it to be in the west. A number of studies have shown the extreme gap in resources for people suffering with mental health disorders throughout ...

Nov 27

Categories: Caregiver Issues / Stress, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, ...

Written By:
Jennifer Sunderland

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How to improve your life by better managing your self-talk

Over the past 15 years, as part of a program of self exploration and development, I developed the habit of journaling on a daily basis. As part of that practice I started to record my ideas, memories etc on a voice recorder. Not only did this practice provide an abundance of ideas for my ...

Nov 11

Categories: Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance, Positive Psychology, ...

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Special Needs Schools for Children, Teenagers and Adults in Singapore

Below is an extensive list of schools in Singapore which offer programs for children with a developmental challenge of some kind.  One advantage of this data base is that it has been organized according to the type of challenge and age group catered to. It includes the following kinds of ...

Oct 28

Categories: Antisocial personality, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ...

Written By:
Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Introduction to Codependence

In this initial entry I want to introduce you to the topic of co-dependence which I feel is a valid and useful approach to helping people. I also use it because there are many resources available to help people recover from the effects of co-dependence (coda) including books, tapes, and videos so ...

Oct 19

Categories: Codependency / Dependency

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Benefits of Meditation and How to easily start Meditating

What is meditation? Does practicing meditation daily really bring some benefits? How does one meditate? My own experience with meditation began in the 70’s with the practice of transcendental meditation (TM), followed by Benson’s non-religious version of TM aimed at stress reduction ...

Oct 3

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation, Relaxation techniques, Stress Management

Written By:
Brian Scott

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How to reach out to clients for your mental health practice through ...

A blog is loosely defined as a web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions or information on a regular basis. In this article, we will try to highlight the usefulness of blogs and how they can help therapists engage with their clients.   When blogging about a particular ...

Sep 19

Categories: Mental Health Professions

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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On narcissism: its history, definition and cause

Last weekend while breaking my fast in a fine hotel restaurant, a young Caucasian couple made a very noticeable entrance and sat at a nearby table. Both were at least 6 feet tall (tall by Asian standards), and attractive looking. She wore short shorts and a clinging tank-top, revealing her well ...

Sep 9

Categories: Personality problems, Self-Love, Sensitivity to Criticism

Written By:
Brian Scott

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The psychology behind riots and looting: The August 2011 English Riots

Recent news of widespread rioting and looting in several English cities has shocked most people both in England and the rest of the world.  One widely reported video on TV was particularly disturbing and perhaps even more distressful to Asians, was that of the young Malaysian student, Ashraf ...

Aug 24

Categories: Aggression & Violence

Written By:
Brian Scott

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10 ways to find psychological help in your community

If you have not seeked psychological assistance before or have just moved to a new location, trying to locate and select the right kind of help may seem a daunting task at first. In our previous article, we explored the differences between the various mental health professions ...

Aug 15

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

Written By:
Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Differences between Psychologist, Psychiatrists, Counsellors, and ...

A mental health provider is a professional who has received training and credentials to provide services to either ameliorate mental distress or to improve mental health and prevent mental disorders. Although there are a variety of mental health providers, the four main kinds are social workers, ...

Aug 4

Categories: Mental Health Professions

Written By:
Psych Mat Asia Editor

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State of Mental Health Services in Southeast Asia

What is the quality and availability of mental health services in the southeast Asia region known as ASEAN?  The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organization of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, ...

Jul 14

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn Video

In 2007, Jon Kabat-Zinn gave a talk on Mindfulness meditation at Google. The video may be a few years old but it offers an excellent insight into the topics of mindfulness for beginners. The present article provides a brief summary of his presentation along with the actual video which you can watch on your own. Jon started with an analogy of the ...

Jul 4

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Psych Mat Asia Editor

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Highlights from the Happiness and Its Causes conference - 17th June : ...

The interview with the Dalai Lama this morning was the most outstanding event of the whole Happiness conference.  It was electrifying when Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso walked on stage, slowly, and with a very slight stoop, perhaps revealing his 75 years but more likely a deliberate bow.  He ...

Jun 22

Categories: Spirituality

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Highlights from the Happiness and Its Causes conference - 16th June : ...

The highlight of the day for me was the presentation by Dr. Jane Goodall one of the leading primatologists in the world.  Jane Goodall told us that without a doubt the chimpanzees she has observed and worked with experience emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger and rage.  She also ...

Jun 18

Categories: Empathy

Written By:
Brian Scott

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Highlights from the Happiness and Its Causes conference - 15th June: ...

Today I attended the pre-conference workshop in Brisbane, Australia as part of the Happiness and Its Causes conference conducted by B. Alan Wallace, who is an expert in meditation having studied and practiced meditation for 40 years.  He is able to meditate for periods of amazing lengths of ...

Jun 16

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation, Relaxation techniques

Written By:
Brian Scott

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