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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
U Nee
U Nee, the Korean singer mistaken for slain Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu has committed suicide due to depression. It was believed that the stress of hate mail and strain of producing her third album could have pushed depressed U Nee over the edge. If you like to know more about U Nee, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U%3BNee
posted by Rita Goh @ 8:33 AM   0 comments  
Sunday, January 28, 2007
2 Depression Related Suicide Deaths
According to a recent press report in the Straits Times, the first case involved a German intern at Siemens, who felt depressed and ashamed after stealing from her colleagues.

Emanuela Christiane Noell, 26, was found dead in a hotel with multiple injuries on her neck and arms on September 23, 2005. She had cut herself using razor blades and one cut was on her let jugular vein.

In the other case, a Singapore Management University (SMU) lecturer had a relapse of depression after a student alleged that he had molested her.

Thomas Tan Tsu Wee, 57, leapt to his death from a block of flats at Marine Drive on October 2, 2005.

Tan felt depressed over the student’s allegation in June and told his wife repeatedly he wanted to die.

In August, he saw a psychiatrist who found him to be suffering from a relapse of his depression with anxiety features.
posted by Rita Goh @ 3:19 PM   0 comments  
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Are People with Mental Illness Violent?
Sad to read in the Straits Times today of another murder case involving a mentally ill person.

Masseur Lim Ah Liang, 28, was sentenced to life in prison for killing his agent due to a fall out over money matters.

The court heard that Lim had a history of mental illness and theft.

He suffered from chronic depression, had attempted suicide previously, and was also likely to re-offend if he was not jailed for a long time.

Dr Tommy Tan, a consultant psychiatrist with the Institute of Mental Health recommended that Lim be monitored for life and receive long-term medication, as he could relapse and be a danger to himself and others.

The fact is that the majority of people with mental illness are not violent or dangerous when under treatment.
posted by Rita Goh @ 4:51 PM   0 comments  
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The Secret to Good Health
The secret to good health - mind and body - is this.

Do not mourn for the past. We didn't ask to be mentally ill.
Do not worry about the future. If God provides for the birds, how much more will he provide for you?
Live in the present moment.
Each day we are born again. Each day represents a new hope, a new beginning, a brand new opportunity to make it the best we can.

Today is like a canvas. You are the painter. How the picture turn out is up to you. What we do today is what matters most.
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Sunday, January 07, 2007
Depression and Suicide
A recent survey has found that 70 per cent of suicides are committted by people with some form of mental illness, especially depression.

A recent press report in the Straits Times reported two suicide deaths related to depression. The first case involved a German intern at Siemens, who felt depressed and ashamed after stealing from her colleagues.

Emanuela Christiane Noell, 26, was found dead in a hotel with multiple injuries on her neck and arms on September 23, 2005. She had cut herself using razor blades and one cut was on her let jugular vein.

In the other case, a Singapore Management University (SMU) lecturer had a relapse of depression after a student alleged that he had molested her.

Thomas Tan Tsu Wee, 57, leapt to his death from a block of flats at Marine Drive on October 2, 2005.

Tan felt depressed over the student’s allegation in June and told his wife repeatedly he wanted to die.

In August, he saw a psychiatrist who found him to be suffering from a relapse of his depression with anxiety features.
posted by Rita Goh @ 11:22 AM   0 comments  
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Warning Needed for Anti-depressants
It was reported in Reuters recently that taking anti-depressants increases the risk of suicidal thoughts in youths below 25.

One FDA analysis estimated anti-depressants could lead to 14 additional cases of suicidal thoughts or actions among every 1,000 patients treated under the age of 18. For ages 18 to 24, four additional cases could occur.

However, Dr. Darrel Reiger, research director of the American Psychiatric Association said: 'A much greater risk of disrupted lives and suicides exists with untreated depression'.
posted by Rita Goh @ 7:57 AM   0 comments  
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Stigma Worsens Mental Illness
I have been quoted in today's Straits Times Supplement 'Mind Your Body' with regards to the above.

The article talks about the negative impact of stigma on recovering and recovered mental patients.

Unfortunately, nurse educator Poh Chee Lien said that over 90 per cent of those who were interviewed at Institute of Mental Health said they faced stigma from family, friends, employers and colleagues.

My contribution is that mental patients should not 'stigmatize themselves'. This means protecting their self-esteem against comments such as 'mentally ill people' are weak or violent.

Associate Professor Chong Siow Han, vice-chairman, Medical Board (Research) at IMH sums it all up by saying 'You can gauge how civilized a society is by the way they treat their mentally ill'.
posted by Rita Goh @ 2:30 PM   0 comments  
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