An article from Singapore’s Today Online recently debunked some well-known myths about women’s health, including outdated ideas about breast cancer risks and depression recovery. Find out more details about what’s true and what’s not when it comes to female health and wellness.

Myth #1: Depression Is Something You Can “Snap Out Of”

Sometimes, people with depression in Singapore are told to “snap out of it” by well-meaning but ignorant individuals. However, experts know that this is just not the case. According to Dr. Lim Boon Leng, a Singapore psychiatrist, “When a person has clinical depression, her judgement may become impaired and her views, unduly negative. To recover, she needs treatment that may include medications and/or therapy.”

Myth#2: Heart Disease Only Affects Men

Actually heart disease and strokes are the top killers of Singapore women. One in every three deaths is related to heart disease or stroke. If you experience unusual weariness, irregular heartbeat, indigestion, pain in the neck or jaw, breathlessness, and lower stamina, talk to your doctor about the symptoms. Limit your intake of saturated fats, salt, and sugar, and exercise to strengthen your cardiovascular system.

Myth #3: Wired Bras Increase Cancer Risk

Dr. Wong Seng Weng, the medical director at the Cancer Centre, confirms that there is no proof to support this myth. The misconception began because of an observation that women in African countries (who do not wear bras as much as those in the West) had lower rates of breast cancer.

Myth #4: Osteoporosis Only Affects Old Women

Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones that affects many women over age 50. The process actually begins shortly after age 30, so women of all ages should take steps to reduce the effects of osteoporosis. Get plenty of vitamin D and calcium, and care for your body by having bone density scans every few years.

Myth #5: Menopause Makes All Women Fat and Moody

While menopause does affect various body systems and can impact mood and metabolism, the effects are not the same for everyone. Some women have a very smooth transition through menopause. For others, the moods swings may become dramatic enough to necessitate a visit to a doctor or a psychiatrist in Singapore. To manage menopause well, do plenty of research, talk with friends who have been through it, and discuss symptoms with your doctor. Take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest, exercising, eating healthy foods, and lowering your stress levels.

Women’s Mental Health in Singapore

Some conditions related to women’s health, menopause, and aging require the intervention of a physician. However, if you are suffering from additional issues such as emotional struggles, depression, obsessive behaviours, or mood swings, talk to a professional psychiatrist or psychologist in Singapore. At Adelphi Psych Medicine Clinic, we provide a comfortable, secure environment where you can speak with an expert in complete privacy and receive therapy or treatment for any issues that concern you. Contact us today to get confidential help so that you can recover your emotional balance.

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Source: Today Online Singapore, 9 March 2017