Hong Kong people easily have mood disorders but many of them will brush them aside. According to the Hong Kong Mental Morbidity Survey released in 2015, an estimated one in seven suffered various levels of mental health issues. It is therefore critical to understand the causes of mood disorders and key barriers to treatment.
Factors which result in mood disorders vary from people to people include external and internal ones:
Insufficient public awareness and negative attitudes towards mental illness and its treatment create key barriers:
Screening self-tests help give us an initial assessment on our mental health, which can give us a snapshot of our feelings or identify signs that we should be more aware of. However, self-test results are not a substitute for a medical diagnosis. It is best to talk to doctors or health care providers for further assessments.
Simply taking a few minutes to do the screening self-test can help getting a better understanding of your own mental wellness status. If you have any concerns on the results, print out your results and bring them to the appointment, the results will be helpful to start a conversation with your doctor.
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