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Stress resulting from COVID-19 Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)?

Singapore announced that the Republic would be entering into Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from 16 May 2021 with a slew of restrictions, while familiar to us, created ripple effects felt within the individual, in the family/social settings, and across the nation.  Although there might be different emotions, thoughts, and responses that have surfaced because of …

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How psychosocial factors affect the gut: Disorders of Gut-Brain Interactions

What are Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction? Disorders of gut-brain interaction are characterised by gastrointestinal symptoms associated with any combination of the following: abnormal intestinal contractions, increased sensitivity to pain within the internal organs, altered mucosal and immune function, altered gut microbiota, and altered central nervous system processing. The most common disorders of gut-brain interaction are Irritable …

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What is Depression?

What is Major Depressive Disorder? Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), which is also known as clinical depression, is characterised by a state of unhappiness and despondency. Such feelings naturally arise in response to negative situations. However, when they persist and hinder a person’s ability to carry out their daily activities on a regular basis, this may be …

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Anyone can be affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) regardless of race, gender, and background. OCD causes recurring unwanted thoughts or sensations known as obsessions. The obsessions are followed by compulsions, which result in the urge to do something repeatedly. These repetitive behaviours, along with the feelings of distress caused by OCD, are …

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COVID-19: Emotions Arising from Working From Home and How to Cope with It

Some of us may be appreciative of the advantages of this arrangement, such as more flexible working hours and the freedom to dress comfortably most of the time. Still, the fact remains that many of us are not used to working from home, and along with this arrangement has come a set of challenges that …

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