Best neurology hospital in Singapore has started a new trend of giving patients antidepressants to help them manage depression.
Eriver Neurology Hospital is one of the top 10 best neurology facilities in the world.
The facility’s founder and CEO, Dr John Cheng, said his patients are “the perfect example of the new trend in medicine, which is giving people antidepressants”.
“I think we can really help our patients, but I also think that when people come to us they have an understanding that there are other options,” Dr Cheng said.
“If you have a very challenging period in your life, you have to consider your options.
If you have depression, you want to get treatment, but you also want to be there to see your loved ones and be there for them in their time of need.”
Dr Cheng said the hospital’s decision to offer antidepressants was a natural one as the treatment had proven to be effective in the treatment of depression.
“It is really important to me to support the patients and to provide the best treatment to the patients who are experiencing a depressive episode,” he said.
Dr Cheng, who has previously been a doctor, said the facility was keen to encourage patients to consider their options, as depression could be a serious and debilitating issue for patients.
“Depression is an extremely complex issue, and I think we all need to be aware of the possibility of it affecting someone’s life,” he added.
“We are always very mindful of the potential negative effects that may arise from prescribing antidepressants to a patient.”
Dr John Cheng said he and his patients were the perfect example: patients with a severe depressive episode were not given the opportunity to seek help, and patients were told to seek treatment in other settings.
“The most important thing to me is that we have patients who have this very difficult time in their lives, who are in an extremely challenging situation, so that’s really what we’re trying to help the patients to do,” Dr John said.
He said patients who were able to access treatment were typically able to return to work and take care of their families.
“They are the ones who are able to stay on the job, who can keep their family in check, and who are actually able to take care [of their] health,” he explained.
“But unfortunately the depression is not always the answer.”
So we are always trying to provide patients with the best possible support, so they can manage their depression better, and also be better able to cope with their life,” Dr Johns said.
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