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IMH Helpline and Mental Health in Singapore

Recently, Institute of Mental health in Singapore opened its helpline for everyone. Earlier, the helpline was intended only for the patients or caregivers. Now, anyone who is suffering from mental illness or some of their friends or family members can get in touch. They will be connected to counselors who will advise the callers regarding the problem they are facing.

The decision is worthy of applaud for sure. Mental illness is a problem more common then what we may think, and the worst part is, people are quite reluctant in sharing it with others, or getting in touch with medical experts for help. Many health programs, and services are easily available in Singapore, but the problem is the reluctance people feel in seeking help. Having such helpline in place will be a good step forward.

Following are some common mental disorders. If you or someone in your close contacts seems to be suffering badly from these problems, you can get in touch with the experts at Institute of Mental Health in Singapore, and seek advice.

Depressive disorder: Stress and depression are fairly common, and a big majority of us suffers from depressive periods, but here we are talking about Clinical Depression (also known as major depression, or unipolar depression). If someone is feeling depressed constantly and losing interest in all kinds of activities or relations, they might be suffering from major depression. Other symptoms might include Insomnia, Fatigue or a general sense of tiredness all the time, lack of concentration, feeling of guilt, and suicidal thoughts.

Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar Disorder is also known as manic depressive order. Bipolar disorder results in mood swings. The person suffering from bipolar disorder will be feeling extremely depressed and sad at one moment, and ecstatic on second. Again, everybody gets such shifts in mood every once in a while, but they more common and extreme, and often without an obvious reason, in someone suffering from bipolar disorder.

OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder results in depressive thoughts leading to anxiety, and fear, and it is characterized by repetitive actions that the patient repeat to deal with anxiety. OCD can seriously mess up with the mind, and a perfectly normal person will repeat certain actions like hand washing multiple times out of compulsion. Similarly, they can be preoccupied with certain negative thoughts; as a result it can seriously dampen the routine life.

Alcohol Abuse: Alcohol abuse or substance abuse is often regarded as a mental illness, because addiction can mess up with your brain activity in a negative way. And it will get worse if you were already suffering from a mental disorder like depression. Luckily, there are treatments available for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

A lot of people in Singapore are suffering from mild or major forms of depressive disorders or bipolar disorders. Some are aware of their conditions; others might need some help and support from their friends and families, for both acceptance and then seeking help. Now, with the help of Institute of Medical Science in Singapore, you can guide them to best possible solutions, depending on their condition and symptoms.