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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.

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...
26 Jun 2019
Dr Paul Ang
Dr Paul Ang
"Family Physician with special interest in Mental Health"
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Autism spectrum disorder, from our limited understanding, is actually a 'developmental problem'. Which means that we believe that patients are actually born with it, but it is only later in life that we diagnose it. We tend to find that infants who are autistic start to exhibit d...
14 Jun 2019
Dr Paul Ang
Dr Paul Ang
"Family Physician with special interest in Mental Health"
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Psychosis is a serious mental illness that should be treated by the best people out there, to prevent deterioration and long term consequences. The best people out there are part of this team called the "EPIP", which stands for the early intervention program for psychosis in Sing...
14 Jun 2019
Dr Paul Ang
Dr Paul Ang
"Family Physician with special interest in Mental Health"
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You are quite right that antidepressants tend to cause weight gain. The reason for doing so is not completely understood, but doctors think that it could be related to the better mood of the patient on these medications. When the patients feel better and get well, they eat better...
14 Jun 2019

This Singaporean Psychiatrist Explains The Six Types Of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders

This Singaporean Psychiatrist Explains The Six Types Of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders

Sleep. It’s said to be even more vital to health than food or water. With numerous ailments and biological problems associated with inconsistent sleeping patterns, one of the most common consequences of bad sleeping habits is obviously tiredness. However, specific causes of tiredness can often be difficult to identify. In many cases, the problem lies within the circadian rhythm of sleep.

Dr Terence Leong currently holds a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist position at Promises Healthcare located in Novena Medical Centre. In a DoctorxDentist post, he spoke in detail on the circadian rhythm of sleep and how it could lead to tiredness. Here's what he had to share.

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Hi, The best way is to simply adjust the dose or type of antipsychotic. I suggest Confirm that the cause of the hyperprolactemia is due to anti-psychotics and not due to a physical cause such as a prolactinoma, and once confirmed, Clinically assess if the person can ...
24 May 2019
Hi, Most people present to their family doctor, school counselor/teachers, or are noted by their family/friends to be suffering from psychosis, a condition which tends to start in adolescence or early adulthood. Their symptoms may be seeing or hearing things that others d...
24 May 2019

This Singaporean Psychiatrist Discusses Various Postnatal Mental Conditions

This Singaporean Psychiatrist Discusses Various Postnatal Mental Conditions

The physical changes that often occur after pregnancy are well-discussed. While much has been written on postnatal weight loss regimens and beauty management, a mother’s mental health is also crucial for the happiness of herself and her loved ones.

Childbirth can be a strenuous and taxing process not only for the body but for the mind as well. Depression and anxiety connected to pregnancy are some mental conditions that new mothers may suffer from in silence.

Psychiatrist Dr Ng Beng Yeong recently answered questions from DoctorxDentist readers about who is most at risk for postnatal depression, and what the chances of having schizophrenia after childbirth could be. Here's what he had to share.

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The best way is to adjust the antipsychotic regime by either lowering the dose or switching to another antipsychotic (one that has a lower risk of increasing prolactin levels), while maintaining the person's well being and good symptom control. Sometimes, a combination of two antipsychotics may ...
8 May 2019
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