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Recovery Stories

After graduating from Universersity, Fong worked as a secretary at a local bank. She has always been diligent and self-motivated, and therefore has won over her supervisor at work. However, because of a work mistake, the company has lost a huge sum of money and she was fired. Since then, Fang has constantly experienced low mood, lost of motivation to get up in the morning and reduced appetite. She always blamed herself over tiny things. In several occasions where her mood was particularly low, she had the idea of committing suicide. With her family's encouragement, Fong decided to seek professional help. 

Fong was referred to an evidence-based self-help psychotherapy. After the initial assessment, her Psychological Well-being Officer explained to her the relationship between physiological responses, behaviors, cognitions and negative emotions, which made her understand the importance of breaking this vicious cycle. With the guidance of the Psychological Well-being Officer, Fong learned how to use "Behavioral Activation"  to slowly enhance her activity level and regain her previous life style. This eventually improve her mood. 

Judy is a middle-aged married woman, who has a son attending primary school. She knew the trading company she worked as an accountant for over 10 years has decided to reduce its manpower to save cost, and she began to worry that she would be laid off due to her poor work efficiency. Since then, she often brought her work back home and worked overnight. She graudually found that she had difficulties concentrating on her work,  headaches and problems falling asleep. On one occasion, her went furious when her son accidentally knocked over the cup and wet the floor, and scared her son to cry. This further made her doubt herself as a good mother. Convinced by her husband, she decided to seek professional assistance. 

Judy participated in a guided self-help psychological program that is supported by clinical evidence. After talking to her Psychological Well-being Officer, she gained a deeper understanding of her anxiety. After knowing she could employ "cognitive behavioral therapy" to deal with her anxiety, she  no longer felt lost and worried. After four weeks of practice, Judy slowly understand her own worries and  effectively use "Worry Time" to deal with her concerns. Judy's anxiety has reduced, and her job performance and relationship with family has improved.