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Psychiatry

Psychiatry is devoted to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mental disorders. These include various maladaptations related to mood, behaviour, cognition, and perceptions.

Overview

Initial psychiatric assessment of a person typically begins with a case history and mental status examination. Physical examinations and psychological tests may be conducted.

Mental disorders are often diagnosed in accordance with clinical concepts listed in diagnostic manuals such as the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

Treatment

The combined treatment of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy has become the most common mode of psychiatric treatment in current practice.

Treatment may be delivered on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on the severity of functional impairment.

Feeling Down, Out And Hopeless? Finding Your Way Out Of Depression

Feeling Down, Out And Hopeless? Finding Your Way Out Of Depression

Do you know that one of the most common mental illnesses in Singapore is Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), commonly known as depression? It can happen to anyone from all walks of life. The most affected ones are usually young adults and the elderly.

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Dr Paul Ang
"Family Physician with special interest in Mental Health"
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While a patient is in depression, the world is dark and lonely. It is very very difficult to reach out to the sufferer. They need professional help during the treatment. The treatment usually consists of psychotherapy by a trained clinical psychologist and medications given by ...
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The word claustrophobia comes from the Greek word, “phobos,” which means fear, and the Latin word, “claustrum,” which means “A closed-in place.” Claustrophobia means a fear of small or enclosed spaces or a fear of being trapped. Many of my pati...
1 Sep 2019
There are many ways in which a psychiatrist can help a person who has difficulty with his or her gender identity. First of all, it is to establish the concerns with sexuality and gender identity . Locally, many individuals are confused by the meanings and implications of ho...
1 Sep 2019
Dr Paul Ang
"Family Physician with special interest in Mental Health"
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IMH records are supposed to be medical records, that stays in IMH. No other government agency should be able to access it. NUS is an educational institution, there shouldn't be a way for them to retrieve your medical records. NUS medical school does not discriminate against race, ...
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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a clinical diagnosis. It means there is no objective diagnostic test to confirm it but more of a diagnosis through clinical examination. 3 out of 5 primary “core” symptoms must be present for...
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Tourette’s syndrome is often associated with other Co morbid conditions eg OCD or ADHD so these have to be addressed and managed . There is no real cure only management of symptoms and only in those where it is deemed to interfere with life . Different drugs are available t...
1 Aug 2019
Thank you for asking such an interesting question. This is a commonly encountered scenario as many individuals do present at my clinic complaining of difficulty in focusing and attending to tasks at school or at the workplace. Common causes include the following: attenti...
25 Jul 2019
Many individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder go on to have depression as they are distressed by their symptoms of flashbacks and nightmares. Some can also become suicidal. ECT can help in these situations. Following ECT, suicidal ideations abate and the mood also becomes ...
9 Jul 2019
Mild anxiety symptoms are very common and almost everyone would experience them in their lifetime. For instance, the night before a major exam, many of us would feel a bit anxious and may have a bit of tension in our body. These symptoms may be considered normal experiences if th...
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