Depression

Psychiatric Condition

Depression

Are you experiencing persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness? While it’s normal to have moments of sadness, when these feelings start to interfere with your daily life, it can become overwhelming. Do you notice:

If you’re struggling with these symptoms on a regular basis, know that you’re not alone. We’re here to offer support and guidance on your journey towards healing.

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What is Depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad; it’s a complex mental health condition that can deeply affect every aspect of your life. It’s like being stuck in a dark tunnel with no light at the end, where even the simplest tasks feel like a great obstacle. It’s feeling an overwhelming heaviness in your chest, as if the weight of the world is pressing down on you. 

Depression robs you of joy, motivation, and hope, leaving you feeling empty and disconnected from the world around you. But remember, you’re not alone, and there is help and support available to guide you through this challenging time.

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Types of Depression Disorders

Depression can manifest in various forms, impacting you in unique ways. Here’s an overview of some common types.

Major Depressive Disorder

Characterised by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, major depressive disorder can significantly disrupt your daily life and relationships.

High Functioning Depression (Dysthymia)

Despite outward success, individuals may grapple with internal challenges, enduring persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness while fulfilling their daily obligations. This form of chronic low-grade depression can persist for years, subtly affecting mood, energy levels, and overall well-being.

Postnatal Depression

Following childbirth, some mothers experience overwhelming feelings of sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion, making it challenging to bond with their newborn.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

You may experience severe mood swings, irritability, and depression in the days leading up to menstruation, impacting your emotional well-being.

Psychotic Depression

In addition to depressive symptoms, individuals with psychotic depression may experience hallucinations, delusions, or paranoid thoughts.

Bipolar Disorder

Alternating between periods of intense highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression), bipolar disorder can disrupt your mood, energy levels, and daily functioning.

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Symptoms of Depression

  • Changes in appetite and weight (either too little or too much)
  • Persistent sadness or low mood, sometimes accompanied by irritability or agitation
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much, along with fatigue
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Feelings of self-blame, worthlessness, or hopelessness
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Social withdrawal
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Physical symptoms such as unexplained aches and pains, headaches, or changes in bowel habits
  • In severe cases, psychotic symptoms like hallucinations and delusions may occur
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Causes of Depression

Understanding depression can feel overwhelming, but it’s important to recognise that there are several causes. These are the more common causes:

Genetic factors

Your family history may play a role in your susceptibility to depression, as genetics can influence its development.

Biological factors

Hormonal imbalances, chronic illnesses, and medications can disrupt the delicate balance of chemicals in your brain, potentially contributing to depressive symptoms.

Environmental factors

Stressful life events, chronic stress, and traumatic experiences can trigger or worsen depression, impacting your mood and mental health.

Psychological factors

Low self-esteem, pessimism, and negative thought patterns can perpetuate feelings of depression, affecting your overall emotional well-being.

Existing medical conditions

Medical conditions can exacerbate depression due to physiological changes and stress, making medical evaluations important during diagnosis.

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How to Support A Loved One With Depression

Supporting a loved one with depression can be challenging, but it’s crucial to offer understanding, patience, and compassion.

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Do You Need to Get Help For Depression?

Recognising when to seek help for depression is an important step towards healing and recovery. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by persistent sadness, low mood, or a sense of hopelessness that lingers for weeks or even months, please know that you’re not alone. Reaching out for support can feel daunting, but it’s a courageous step toward finding relief and regaining control of your life. 

If you’re struggling with negative thoughts, withdrawing from social activities, or experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please know that help is available, and there are people who care about you deeply.

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Treatment Options with Dr SH Wong

Our goal is to provide compassionate care aimed at relieving the symptoms of depression, enhancing your overall well-being, and empowering you to lead a fulfilling life. We strive to help you navigate through challenges and find lasting relief from your symptoms.

Medication

We'll work closely with you to find the right combination of medications to help ease the weight of your emotions and restore balance to your well-being.

Medication

We'll work closely with you to find the right combination of medications to help ease the weight of your emotions and restore balance to your well-being.

Therapy

We offer a nurturing environment where you can freely express your thoughts and emotions, equipping you with coping strategies and support to navigate life's challenges.

Therapy

We offer a nurturing environment where you can freely express your thoughts and emotions, equipping you with coping strategies and support to navigate life's challenges.

Electro Convulsive Therapy

In cases where traditional treatments may not be sufficient, ECT, involving controlled electrical stimulation of the brain, provides a safe and effective treatment for symptom management and improved quality of life.

Electro Convulsive Therapy

In cases where traditional treatments may not be sufficient, ECT, involving controlled electrical stimulation of the brain, provides a safe and effective treatment for symptom management and improved quality of life.
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Your Guided Journey with Dr SH Wong

  • Make an Appointment

    Our staff will assist you with making your first appointment with Dr Wong.

  • First Session

    We'll guide you through medical tests and take the time to understand your medical and personal history during a relaxed discussion with Dr Wong.

  • Follow-up Sessions

    We'll focus on understanding your lifestyle factors, engaging in therapeutic conversations, and discussing any necessary medication to support your journey.

Sleep Specialist & Psychiatrist

Dr SH Wong: Psychiatrist for Depression Therapy in Singapore

Dr. Wong Sheau Hwa brings over two decades of experience as a compassionate Senior Consultant Psychiatrist. Recognised for his empathetic approach, he has dedicated himself to providing comprehensive psychiatric care to his patients. Dr. Wong’s commitment to patient well-being is evident in his unwavering dedication to understanding and addressing their unique needs, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.

FAQs

Questions You May Have

Dr. SH Wong will conduct a thorough assessment to diagnose depression. He'll delve into your personal and medical history through a clinical interview, ensuring a supportive environment as he explores your experiences. Additionally, he may recommend medical tests to rule out any other underlying condition.

Postpartum depression can vary in duration for each individual, typically lasting for several weeks to months if left untreated. However, with proper support and treatment, symptoms can improve over time.

Starting antidepressants can be a journey filled with various emotions as your body adapts to the medication. While some may find relief from their depression symptoms, others might encounter shifts in mood or heightened emotions at first. Alongside these changes, you might also experience side effects like drowsiness, nausea, or appetite changes. Remember, it's crucial to share any emotional shifts or worries with your psychiatrist, who can provide the support and guidance you need during this process.

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For enquiries on the conditions we treat and our services offered, feel free to reach out to us. Our team is here to provide the support and guidance you need on your journey.