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Post by Beedio on 3rd January 2016, 9:30 am

Call for greater support as more in Singapore suffer anxiety illness


The number of adults being treated for obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) continues to rise.PHOTO: ST FILE

OCD not only exacts toll on sufferers but also puts great stress on loved ones, say experts

Janice Tai
The Straits Times

The number of adults being treated for obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) continues to rise, prompting experts to call for more support for sufferers and their families.

Latest figures from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) show that 850 adults were treated for the condition as of November last year, up from 640 in 2010.

The first and only Singapore Mental Health Study released in 2011 found that Singapore was the OCD capital of the world, with higher rates of the illness compared with the United States or Europe.

This number is likely to be the tip of the iceberg as OCD often goes undiagnosed and nine out of 10 people who have OCD do not get any sort of treatment.

Health experts say the silent and lonely scourge not only exacts its toll on sufferers, but also drags family members who live with them into their private hell.

Last month, it was revealed in court that a Singaporean employer alleged to have starved her maid had OCD and treated cleanliness "like a religion". Her husband said one of their sons ran away from home because of her tendencies.

The family also showered in a public toilet by the swimming pool and camped out in the living room to save time from having to clean their bathroom or rooms as thoroughly as she would have wanted it.

OCD is an anxiety affliction characterised by obsessions, compulsive rituals, and intrusive thoughts and impulses. While IMH attributed the increase in adult OCD cases to a rise in awareness of the condition, psychiatrists say the impact of the disorder on family members is often overlooked.

"Patients with severe OCD can be controlling and demanding, and insist that family members participate in their OCD behaviours," said Dr Adrian Wang, consultant psychiatrist at Gleneagles Medical Centre.

"I have seen people who have had to spend hours checking the locks and doors of their homes together with their OCD spouses, and parents banned from entering their OCD children's bedrooms because the child fears that anything the parent touches may result in contamination."

Dr Thomas Lee, medical director and consultant psychiatrist at The Resilienz Clinic, said: "The family can become mentally and physically exhausted... It is not uncommon for the loved ones of OCD patients to suffer psychological issues such as depression or suicidal thoughts."

Dr Lee recalled treating a patient who feared contaminated food and utensils. He ate food prepared only by his mother as it had to be cooked in a certain manner, using only specific utensils.

"His mother had to succumb to his demands because he could turn violent towards the family. As a result, she suffered depression and became physically ill," said Dr Lee.

Dr Jayaraman Hariram, consultant at IMH's department of community psychiatry, said: "Family members may become deeply involved in the person's rituals and may have to assume responsibility and care for many daily activities that the person with OCD is unable to undertake. This can cause distress and disruption to all members of the family."

OCD is among the top three most common mental disorders here, with about 3 per cent of the population - or one in 33 people here - suffering from it, according to the Singapore Mental Health study by IMH. This is higher than the rate in the United States (2.3 per cent) or Europe (1.1 per cent).

The common obsessions seen are being overly concerned with dirt or contamination, having unpleasant sexual thoughts, fear of causing harm to self or others, and fear of losing things. Sufferers perform repetitive actions such as excessive washing and cleaning, checking, counting or arranging things to ease their anxiety. The disorder tends to run in families and can be brought on by certain illnesses or stressful life events. It can be treated with drugs and behavioural therapy.

The IMH set up an OCD clinic last year to see severe and chronic patients. For patients who are unable to even leave their homes because of the severity of their condition, its staff make home visits. "The strain on caregivers of patients with OCD very often does not come into the limelight," said Dr Hariram. "It is important to note that the family is not helping in the long run by accommodating the patient with OCD."

That is why psychologists from IMH try to involve the family members in the therapy process. The hospital is also working with other voluntary agencies to set up support groups tailored for patients with OCD and their families.

Dr Lee said: "Engaging the family offers a better chance for recovery. They need to muster the courage to seek professional help for themselves and for the patient. Otherwise, it is unlikely that the situation at home will improve because OCD can worsen with time."

Source --> http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/call-for-greater-support-as-more-in-singapore-suffer-anxiety-illness

Why SG has 3 times the incidence of OCD compared to Europe? Shocked
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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by tanjiakpeng on 3rd January 2016, 9:33 am

hokay noted

sunday liao

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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by stillgottheblues on 3rd January 2016, 9:33 am

It must be sinkies fault. Importing more foreigners will help localise the issue.

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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by satayxp on 3rd January 2016, 9:33 am

the timing of such 154th articles is suspicious..
considering the court case of the starved maid by employer who claim ocd in defense.. Cool
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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by mr_yang on 3rd January 2016, 9:34 am

jin sad for this to be number 1.=pap
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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by dysentry on 3rd January 2016, 9:57 am

cause by 6.9?
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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by ODACHEK on 3rd January 2016, 10:07 am

Kiasu-ism became Kiasi-ism became OCD.
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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by Sofero on 3rd January 2016, 10:11 am

My gut says it's to do with the Calhoun behavioral sink.
However, an optimistic way of seeing thing is that, the awareness for this disorder and willingness for sufferer and family to seek help and get diagnosed is high, thus the high reporting rate?
In anyhow, being a highly developed city, it's a social ill we cannot escape eventually. Just sad that as a society, we chose not to take action to slow it down, but instead took the other path which will exacerbate it. :sad:
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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by Satki on 3rd January 2016, 10:15 am

Stress of city living

Amongst so many third world immigrants

Gives rise to anxiety

I pity the future gen

Their parents has sold their souls for the company store

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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by dysentry on 3rd January 2016, 10:18 am

knn see hk so crowded but not so depressing like here

maybe is bcos they have more homogeneous cantonese culture and values

sg feel much more fragmented
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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by Dr.Vijay SPH on 3rd January 2016, 10:46 am

how ah? means moi die orealy?
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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by mr_yang on 3rd January 2016, 2:40 pm

please port this thread to new home kiam sia
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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by psycho-the-rapist on 3rd January 2016, 3:26 pm

satayxp wrote:the timing of such 154th articles is suspicious..
considering the court case of the starved maid by employer who claim ocd in defense.. Cool

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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by psycho-the-rapist on 3rd January 2016, 3:26 pm

Sofero wrote:My gut says it's to do with the Calhoun behavioral sink.
However, an optimistic way of seeing thing is that, the awareness for this disorder and willingness for sufferer and family to seek help and get diagnosed is high, thus the high reporting rate?
In anyhow, being a highly developed city, it's a social ill we cannot escape eventually. Just sad that as a society, we chose not to take action to slow it down, but instead took the other path which will exacerbate it. :sad:

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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by diver-hloc on 3rd January 2016, 3:32 pm

Ok... Noted... me need to pwn sinkies inorder to sleep....
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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by SPH is Stupid on 3rd January 2016, 3:41 pm

If OCD with sax ... cannot stop ... counted as OCD or not ???

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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by Beedio on 3rd January 2016, 4:09 pm

mr_yang wrote:please port this thread to new home kiam sia

Done! Smile

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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by winfong on 3rd January 2016, 4:48 pm

I think how society function....
one small wrong... sure shoot gao gao till you mati....

in-tolerant for mistakes... no OCD also will develop OCD.....

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Re: SG is OCD capital of the world

Post by jipbaban on 3rd January 2016, 10:03 pm

wow another number 1 achievement for us!
123, 321 pee eh pee lumber huan!! Rolling Eyes
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