Singapore Expats Forum

Advise on getting treatment for depression

Discuss about beauty & health. Need some advice or looking for a particular product? Share your beauty and health tips here.

paulchen83
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu, 22 Apr 2010

Advise on getting treatment for depression

Postby paulchen83 » Thu, 22 Apr 2010 1:53 am

Hi, i'm new. I'm thinking of seeking treatment for my depression and was hoping tat someone would share his or her experience on that. I was told by a friend i could see a GP first to get a prescription of anti-depressants to see if it works before seeking a specialist as the latter is a lot more expensive.

I've put off medication as a solution for sometime now as i've read that there're possible side effects that include drowsiness and worsening of the symptoms of depression, but it seems like i shouldn't wait any further as i've been having irradical sleeping hrs and mood swings which i sometimes vent out on facebook or strangers on the streets who are inconsiderate. I'm try to live a healthy life style, avoid stress and be happy but i've made some enemies at work and the anger that comes with having to deal with being "harassed" at work by their "politics" is sometimes unavoidable.

i do not view medication as a "cure" but as one of the options to live a life unaffected by depression so hopefully people who reply are kind enough to offer their advise which will be greatly appreciated.

Pls dun give me any pet talk. We are all adults here. I'm not an emo-teenager dialling a suicide hotline.

Warrior_Angel
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu, 22 Apr 2010

Postby Warrior_Angel » Fri, 23 Apr 2010 1:09 am

I was a serious depression case, and on medications for 8 years.. What can I share with you?

lovebear
Member
Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Sat, 24 Apr 2010

Postby lovebear » Sun, 02 May 2010 10:23 am

If you are a local, its more advisable to go to the polyclinic and get a referral to a psychiatrist. Most probably, they will refer you to IMH.

astrogirl
Regular
Regular
Posts: 140
Joined: Thu, 08 Jun 2006

Postby astrogirl » Mon, 03 May 2010 8:49 pm

my 2 cents worth....

You will have to identify what is causing your depression, is it physical or emotional. Not many people have insight or clarity of thought to identify the cause, therefore they seek the help of a specialist.

Like what lovebear said, that's the usual way for a local to get help from a specialist.
astrogirl

skylark984
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu, 15 Mar 2007

Postby skylark984 » Thu, 06 May 2010 3:56 pm

My wife is a long term victim of depression, she has been on medications for more than 9 years, yes when she was having suside thoughts she was given high dosage and is drowsy and i felt her mood got worse, however when she got better, the dosage and drugs were changed and she is living like the rest of us, infact she is very cheerful and no one even know she has tried many times to take her own life.

Depression is caused by many reasons, it is best you seek professional help, the drugs prescribed will depend on how serious your condition is. After seeing a doctor and you want to try alternate treatment, pls pm me

User avatar
forwardtherapy
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun, 20 Sep 2009
Location: Singapore
Contact:

Postby forwardtherapy » Tue, 25 May 2010 12:26 am

Many people find medication is helpful but some do experience side effects. The side effects of anti-depressant medication vary from drug to drug and from person to person, so they are not always the same even if someone swears something was bad for them.

But best practice when prescribing medication is also to refer a patient to talking therapy. Psychotherapy covers a wide range of frameworks including, for example, solution focussed therapy, narrative therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). As with medication, everyone has a personal and unique experience with their talking therapy and if one doesn't work there are others that might, so again it is worth keeping an open mind and having a willingness to try something else if the first method does not work for you.

You may not need to see a psychiatrist if you are not experiencing severe thoughts of wanting to end your life. It may be possible to start with a counsellor or psychotherapist (generally less expensive than a psychiatrist and less waiting time) and see how that goes. Your GP should be able to refer you or you can search for one yourself. You have obviously got a lot of insight into the factors linked to the depression for you (harassment and politics at work for example) and this awareness is a good first step you can discuss with a therapist.

Good luck with getting assistance!
http://www.forwardtherapy.com Online Counselling & Psychotherapy over the Internet

User avatar
sundaymorningstaple
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 35120
Joined: Thu, 11 Nov 2004
Location: Still Fishing!
Contact:

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 25 May 2010 12:31 am

tic....toc....tic....toc.... :devil:

User avatar
poodlek
Reporter
Reporter
Posts: 878
Joined: Mon, 10 May 2010
Location: Taipa, Macau
Contact:

Postby poodlek » Tue, 25 May 2010 10:42 am

forwardtherapy wrote:
But best practice when prescribing medication is also to refer a patient to talking therapy. Psychotherapy covers a wide range of frameworks including, for example, solution focussed therapy, narrative therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). As with medication, everyone has a personal and unique experience with their talking therapy and if one doesn't work there are others that might, so again it is worth keeping an open mind and having a willingness to try something else if the first method does not work for you.


Even though this is an obvious plug, I completely agree with this much of what fowardtherapy has to say. In my personal experience, medication helped change and/or stabilize my mood (I was on various different meds for over 10 years) but it was CBT that helped change my habits and lifestyle to better avoid the downward spiral into depression. Because of the therapy I have been off medication and living a full life for four years. That doesn't mean my condition has gone away, it just means I'm much more aware of the beginning signs and have tailored my lifestyle (diet, exercise, yoga, meditation and talking with friends) so that I don't ever get as bad as I once was--which was completely non-functional. In my opinion, medication should just be a starting point, like training wheels. If you're worried about the cost, consider the cost of living this same way for the rest of your life. Consider it an investment in yourself--you're worth it. My two cents, for what it's worth. That said, I'm afraid I can't offer any advice on who to see here in SG as I've only been here a couple of months, but please feel free to PM me if you want to hash possibilities out or hear about specifics on my path to recovery. I'd be happy to offer any help I can.
Good luck!!

User avatar
JR8
Immortal
Immortal
Posts: 16514
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010
Location: K. Puki Manis

Postby JR8 » Thu, 27 May 2010 12:59 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:tic....toc....tic....toc.... :devil:



Way too tolerant IMO. I've have toasted the culprit on the spot... :)

User avatar
sundaymorningstaple
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 35120
Joined: Thu, 11 Nov 2004
Location: Still Fishing!
Contact:

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 27 May 2010 6:54 am

Yeah, but have you read any of ksl's old posts? :-|

If they can walk the line line without overstepping then more power to them. But as soon as they step outside the line and "solicit" in any way, they are history. And, as pointed out above, some of the info is good info. I don't mind when somebody "plays the game" but they also have to be aware the the goalposts are just like the local gahmen's. Moveable! :P

Pumpkin2010
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 17
Joined: Tue, 11 May 2010

Postby Pumpkin2010 » Fri, 28 May 2010 4:06 pm

I completely agree with poodlek.

Medication has its place as treating the symtoms but ultimately the source of the problem needs to be dealt with,be it change in lifestyle, CBT etc., in order to halt of repeat epidsodes.

phil30k
Regular
Regular
Posts: 118
Joined: Fri, 04 Jan 2008

Postby phil30k » Sat, 29 May 2010 10:32 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Yeah, but have you read any of ksl's old posts? :-|

If they can walk the line line without overstepping then more power to them. But as soon as they step outside the line and "solicit" in any way, they are history. And, as pointed out above, some of the info is good info. I don't mind when somebody "plays the game" but they also have to be aware the the goalposts are just like the local gahmen's. Moveable! :P


What, did ksl's post get deleted or something?

Anyway, good luck with your depression to the OP.

User avatar
sundaymorningstaple
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 35120
Joined: Thu, 11 Nov 2004
Location: Still Fishing!
Contact:

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:38 pm

Let's just say, all who play the game must learn were the goalposts are at any given time. Most, invariably, try to test the limits. Some too often and of course you don't see them here any longer. Other learn and learn how to walk the tightrope. ksl is a good learner and a valuable asset to our community today. And he's also one of very few forumers here that has actually met the old coot!

Little M
Member
Member
Posts: 25
Joined: Sat, 10 Oct 2009

Postby Little M » Tue, 29 Jun 2010 8:35 pm

I believe u have to find the root cause of your problem. Medication is only temporary.

I think depression is stress related. Meditation is a good stress reliever. You can easily get those meditation CD or something and just listen to it for an hr before bed. So if all else fails, give that a go :D

User avatar
nakatago
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 8333
Joined: Tue, 01 Sep 2009
Location: Sister Margaret’s School for Wayward Children
Contact:

Re: Advise on getting treatment for depression

Postby nakatago » Tue, 29 Jun 2010 9:22 pm

Not necessarily yoga. There are studies (they're out there) that say exercise releases endorphins, which are the body's anti-depressants. You like yoga (which suspiciously looks like you're...), some may like running. Or horizontal dancing.


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post
  • Dealing with or avoiding depression....
    by PNGMK » Mon, 28 Oct 2013 8:46 am » in General Discussions
    32
    8671
    by saykreem View the latest post
    Wed, 30 Oct 2013 5:30 pm
  • Depression Discussion
    by motithy » Wed, 15 Apr 2015 6:49 pm » in Beauty, Health & Fitness
    7
    2424
    by motithy View the latest post
    Thu, 07 May 2015 9:46 pm
  • Depression
    by bbcheung » Wed, 03 Jan 2018 9:38 am » in Beauty, Health & Fitness
    11
    2737
    by dizzybolt View the latest post
    Thu, 24 May 2018 10:51 pm
  • Keratin Treatment
    by Rhaddad » Wed, 11 Dec 2013 8:07 pm » in Beauty, Health & Fitness
    1
    17242
    by uscate View the latest post
    Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:45 am
  • Bumpy Nose from Acne scars treatment
    by junho » Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:34 pm » in Aesthetic Enhancement & Cosmetic Surgery
    3
    3289
    by KleenWayne70 View the latest post
    Sat, 08 Aug 2015 10:47 am

Return to “Beauty, Health & Fitness”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests