Our clinic provides a wide spectrum of mental health care related services. Our services include the screening, determining (diagnosis) and treatment of all types of major mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress, dementia and cancer related mental illness. In the meantime, we do actively collaborate with the various local teaching institutions and non-government organization in the provision of mental health education and promotion of mental health awareness to the public.
We provide a wide range of treatment options for all common types of mental health related illnesses. These include counselling, grief debriefing, psychotherapy and medication.
- Screening and identification of Mental Health Related Illness
- Treatment for Mental Health Illnesses
- Care for Men Mental Health
- Care for Women Mental Health
- Care for Mental Health in the Elderly
- Care for Mental Health in Cancer Patients
- Care for Mental Health in Palliative Care
Screening and identification of Mental Health Related Illness
Although many reports have indicated the raise of mental illnesses locally and internationally, many people still do not address their mental health related problem until it affects their living drastically. We provide services and education in the prevention, early detection and treatment of undiagnosed mental health disorders and alcohol problems. Our mental health screening services include a series of questions about feelings, thought, lifestyle, eating and drinking habits to look for potential unidentified mental health disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, substance abuse, and dementia.
We believe good prevention and screening will help the client to recognize the early warning signs of common mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorder before it is too late. Some of the early warning signs that could turn into a mental illness later in life include disturbance in sleep, low tolerance to frustrations, periods of sadness for no apparent reason, changes in eating habits, using recreational drugs to deal with stress, worry or fear for no apparent reason, changes in personality, talking irrelevantly, deteriorated in daily performance and having suicidal thought.
Treatment for Mental Health Illnesses
Since the introduction of the first neuroleptic in 1950’s, there is a vast advancement in the medication treatment of mental illnesses over the past decades. Currently, there are drugs available for the effective treatment of most major mental health illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, dementia and substance abuse. We provide services in providing information about the indication and potential side effects of all kinds of mental health related medications. Following the screening and identification of mental health illness, we often institute drugs treatment together with other types of therapy to our clients. Medications used for depression is called antidepressant. Mood stabilizers are used for the treatment of bipolar disorder. The drugs used for schizophrenia is often named as antipsychotic or neuroleptic. Anti-anxiety is used for anxiety disorder and anti-dementia for dementia. There are instances where the drugs are combined to produce a better therapeutic effect.
In our services, we believe in using the latest drugs available in the market for the treatment of mental illnesses. In addition to the better efficacy, the newer medications often exhibit lower risk of side effect. They have a better tolerability and safety profile for the clients.
Care for Men Mental Health
Mental illnesses affect men and women equally but some mental health problems are more common in men. However, men often refuse to disclose their inner feeling or emotional matter as it is viewed as negative, non-masculine and against male robust image. We provide a “male-friendly” environment for the male clients to obtain information about the biological, psychological and social factors that could have affect their mental health.
Care for Women Mental Health
The risk of women and men experience mental health problems is equal overall, but some problems are more common in women than men. Various social and cultural factors put women at greater risk of poor mental health than men. In the modern world, women are often multi-tasking where they have to take care of their own career and also given the responsibilities to take care of the daily living of other family member. As a result, this created an enormous stress and burden for the women not only physically but also mentally. In the busy daily schedule, the women often ignore their mental health until it affects their relationship with other family members or routine daily performance.
There are certain life events or timeline that women may have a higher risk of mental health issues. In the beginning of marriage, women may be juggling the caring of their own family and husband family. At the same time, they may have their own work responsibility and other commitments. This can increase their risk of experiencing mental distress. Pregnancy is one of the most important life events that may trigger mental health illness in women such as depression. Pregnancy does not only increase the burden and duty of living for the women but also affect their emotion through some biological changes. Postpartum depression is a common mental health illness but often being ignored. We provide services in counselling, education and treatment for the pregnancy related mental illnesses to the women and their partners.
Care for Mental Health in the Elderly
Due to the advancement in medicine and better standard of living, the life span is increased and the population is aging. Aging has not only affecting the physical changes but also mental health among the population. In the modern world, the elderly has to fight against boredom, loneliness, loss of useful skills and physical weakness. Depression is commonly encountered in the elderly. They express sadness, experience disturbance of sleep and often preoccupied about own health and body illness.
There are certain mental illnesses that are related to the aging process such as dementia and delirium. The elderly may have deterioration in memory, losing skills in daily living and language ability. Sometimes, they are confused, disorientated, having poor attention and agitated. Their experience is further complicated by other comorbid condition such as stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and heart diseases. We provide services for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses in the elderly.
Care for Mental Health in Cancer Patients
Cancer is one of the most fear illnesses for many people. The diagnosis, treatment and recovery process of cancer often creates high level of distress to the patients. In the past, we assumed this form of emotional respond as a normal reaction. However, the current studies have demonstrated that the emotional distress in cancer patients is treatable. The reduction of bothering thought and emotion among cancer patients by appropriate treatment improves the quality of life among the cancer patients tremendously. The fear about the anti-cancer treatment and outcome often lead to development of panic attack and anxiety disorder among the cancer patients. We are expert in providing service in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer related mental illnesses.
Care for Mental Health in Palliative Care
In the terminal stage of physical illnesses, the patients not only suffer from the illnesses and the effects of the treatment but also emotional distress. There are issues of acceptance or we often called it as difficulty in “letting go”. The patients will present with emotional withdrawn, reduced appetite, difficulty in pain control, reduced speech and poor sleep. We provide counselling and treatment for emotional distress in the palliative care patients.