Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Exceptional people: Singaporean of the year 2016

The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year 2016 award has gone to the Schooling family.

Colin, May and Joseph Schooling yesterday beat 11 other contenders to the award, which is into its second run. Other finalists included social workers, entrepreneurs and good Samaritans.

Exercise a boon for people with Parkinson's

Artist Susan Sills was not surprised that she first noticed hand tremors when she was 72 and a neurologist confirmed that she had Parkinson's disease.

Both her mother and grandfather had this neurological movement disorder. She knew that it sometimes runs in families.

But to watch her in action three years later, it would be hard for a layman to tell.

Sills, who lives in Brooklyn in the United States, attributes her wellbeing partly to the medication she takes, but primarily to the hours she spends working out with a physical therapist and personal trainer.

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You may want to see this video Reversing Parkinson's disease with Wim Hof method

The tragedy of obsessive compulsive disorder that goes untreated

OCD resembles an addiction where the need to repeat something is not because it is pleasurable, but because not doing it is intolerable.

In the Singapore Mental Health Study, it was found that nine out of 10 people with OCD have never sought any kind of treatment, and of those who did, they took an average of nine years to do so.

We do not really know why that is the case. It could be that they are not aware that it is a mental illness, or do not know where they can go for help, or they could be afraid of the subsequent stigmatisation and discrimination after being diagnosed with OCD. It could be that they are fearful of being misunderstood and ridiculed, or are too embarrassed by the contents of their obsessions and are afraid of being labelled violent or perverse.

Whatever these reasons might be, it is beyond sad; it is a singular tragedy as OCD is a treatable condition.


Simple trick to getting others to do what you want

I know a woman who can get people to do whatever she wants. She can make busy executives give her their evenings, their thoughts and their money. On various occasions, she has persuaded me to do things for her, just as she has enlisted thousands of others.

I ran into her the other day and asked what her secret was. "It is not hard," she said. "I just say 'please' and 'thank you'."

Actually it is not quite as simple as that. Most people know how to say "please" and "thank you" - or think they do. Almost everyone was taught before they went to primary school. But hardly anyone has been taught how to do it properly.

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