What is Psychological Trauma? Many people suffer from emotional or psychological trauma at some point of their life. But it is often not recognised or treated. It is the result of exceptionally stressful events that leave you feeling helpless, overwhelmed and isolated. These traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any […]
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How do I know if I have an anxiety disorder? Anxiety is an uneasy feeling of fear and worry. It can be a normal reaction to stress. For example, you might feel anxious before taking an exam, or before a job interview. Anxiety was very useful in the stone ages: it kept our species alive. […]
Do I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ? What are obsessions? Reference: (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 2013) Obsessions are thoughts or images that: repeat themselves, are intrusive (they come when you don’t want them to), and cause intense anxiety. Common obsession themes: Reference: (Frost, Steketee, Krause, & Trepanier, 1995) Cleanliness Very bothered by […]
External ear infection is an infection that is caused by bacteria or fungus attacking the part of the ear that is outside of the eardrum. Who gets external ear infections? The people who are more prone to such infections are those who… Swim regularly Use cotton buds/ear picks to remove earwax Use hearing aids, earphones […]
Middle Ear Infections These are infections that are behind the eardrum. The space behind the eardrum is supposed to be dry and all air. Sometimes, infection or phlegm can reach this space via the auditory tube (Eustachian tube), which link to the back of the nose. Acute Otitis Media (AOM) These are fast and furious […]
Earwax is something familiar to all of us. Everyone has earwax for sure. The picture above shows the dry earwax type (less common), while the one below shows the wet earwax type (more common). Not all earwax needs removal. Reasons for earwax removal include: Pain in the ear Feeling of blocked ears Reduced hearing or […]
Introduction Anger is a common emotion experienced by many of us. In fact, it is hard to find someone who does not feel angry at all. You might find yourself mad at a stranger, a loved one, or even yourself. You may also find your fury targeted at external events, like your flight being delayed. […]
Common symptoms of Depression You are likely to be depressed if have the following for more than 2 weeks. (Source: DSM 5th) The more symptoms you experience, the more likely you are depressed. Lousy mood Nearly every day and all the time Other similar feelings: sadness, tearfulness, hopelessness and feeling empty Loss of interest Can’t seem […]