Friday, 21 March 2014

2014 Customer Service Award

Dr BL Lim Centre for Psychological Wellness is pleased to announce that our clinic has been awarded the 2014 Customer Service Award from

It is our mission to strive to provide the best patient care possible and to always remember our motto of "Patients First, Always".

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

5 Tips On How To Keep Your New Year Resolutions

Today is the fist working day for the new year and Happy 2014 to all. The festive mood is still lingering and it is normal to feel somewhat lethargic in starting work. You may also notice how you can't help but continue to write down the year as 2013 for your dates.

Habits are not something easy to change and I have a few tips here to help you stick to your new year resolutions what ever they may be.

1. Start (really, really) Small

Failure demotivates a person quickly especially of you are just starting out with the changes you want to make. Many people make the mistake of having difficult targets and after a few early failures, learned helplessness sets in and they give up (until next year). Starting really small helps you to succeed in your first step so that your mind will be naturally motivated to go on.

2. Go Slow

Keeping resolutions should not be a all-or-nothing process. Gradual improvements, starting with small successes, keep things sustainable. Have interim targets with a slow and gradual increase in the difficulty to achieve them. Remember, it's work in progress and you will get there!

3. Reward Yourself

Having success itself can be rewarding. However, you can further motivate yourself by reminding yourself of the good work you have done. This can be achieved by positive self talk and encouragement. You can buy yourself little treats every time you meet your targets to further reinforce the self encouragement.

4. Reward One Another

Where possible, work towards your resolution together with friends and family. Doing things together help you to improve camaraderie instead of taking you away from your loved ones. Motivate one another by supporting, praising and rewarding one another when targets are met.

5. Learn From Failures and Mistakes

You may have had the same resolution last year and maybe even the year before. Spend some time to take stock of things and think of why you did not achieve your targets the last few attempts or why you were not able to sustain these achievements. Often times, positive changes wax and wane and you may relapse back to the undesired behaviour.  Learn from you past mistakes, look out for similar difficulties you may face this year and devise strategies in advance to over come them.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

"My Son is Mentally Ill", So Listen Up

I will like to share this article on a mother's struggle with her son's mental illness. Click here.

Today, many sufferers with psychiatric conditions continue to suffer in silence due to the misconceptions and stigma surrounding mental illnesses. Seeking early treatment will help to better the prognosis and outcomes of psychological conditions. Remember, mental illnesses are just like any other medical conditions.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

How Common is Depression?
This picture shows the rates of depression worldwide. The redder the colour, the higher the rates of depression in that country.

This picture is based on a study published recently in the journal PLOS Medicine. In this study, they found depression to be the second leading cause of disability globally, with slightly more than 4 percent of the world diagnosed with it.

However, due to stigmatisation and taboo, many with depression still do not step forward for treatment and suffer silently. If you or your family suffer from symptoms of depression, seek treatment now. Remember, early intervention brings about the best outcome.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Happy Deepavali

The staff at Dr BL Lim Centre For Psychological Wellness will like to wish all a Happy Deepavali!

Diwali Ki Light
Karay Sab Ko Delight
Pakro Masti Ki Flight Aur
Dhoom Machao All Night
Happy Deepavali 2013!!! 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Side Effects of Antidepressants

Antidepressants do have side effects and if you are prescribed these medications, make sure your doctor discuss them with you. I will discuss the side effects of some of the usual classes of antidepressants used. It is also interesting to note that even sugar pills can cause side effects, read more about it here.

1. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI)

These include Escitalopram, Setraline and Fluoxetine.

SSRIs are probably the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants. SSRIs are safe and used in various age groups from children to elderlies. They are not only given in clinical depression (description of clinical depression click here) but also in other disorders such as anxiety disorders and even in anger management.

Common side effects of SSRIs include:

- Tummy discomfort
- Nausea
- Headaches
- Drowsiness
- Anxiety

These side effects are usually transient and are worst in the first 4-5 days. In the long term, some people may experience gaining weight or sexual dysfunction with SSRIs. However these are reversible once the medication is stopped.

2. Selective Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI)

These include Duloxetine and Venlafaxine.

SNRIs are newer antidepressants. They have the advantage of also working on the norepinephric neurotransmitters in the brain as well. Their side effects profile are similar to SSRIs but they are more likely to cause nausea, dry mouth and excessive perspiration. Venlafaxine may increase blood pressure and your blood pressure should be monitored if you are given this medication by your doctor.

3. Tricyclics Antidepressants (TCAs)

This is an older class of medication and include Amitriptylline and Clomipramine.

They are more likely to cause side effects like:

- somnolence
- drowsiness
- dry mouth
- constipation
- difficulty passing urine
- blurred vision
-weight gain

TCAs can be dangerous in overdose as they can cause heart irregularities. For this reason, they are seldom used these days.

REMEMBER: In any medical treatment, your doctor will consider and discuss with you the benefits and risks of the treatment as well as any alternatives available. Whilst antidepressants can cause side effects, they have been shown irrevocably to save lives and prevent suicide. During the initial phase of treatment, your doctor will monitor you closely for any side effects and to make any necessary adjustments to the dosage or to change the medication altogether.

Studies have also shown that only 40% of patients with side effects will tell their doctors. So if you have side effects with medication bothering you, do let your doctor know so that he can better tailor his treatment for you!