Saturday, March 14, 2009

Psychiatry in Sg: Dr Ang Yong Guan 洪永元医生

Dear readers,

If you fear IMH and would like to see a private psychiatrist, here's a recommendation. You can learn more about Dr Ang by clicking on the label "Dr Ang Yong Guan" below this article.

Dr Ang Yong Guan on Depression and Bipolar 小毛病大問题2


And here is Dr Ang talking about Schizophrenia in English on channelnewsasia.



Here is Dr Ang talking about a case of reactive depression, Ah Hua's case, in Chinese on a Channel 8 programme: Life Navigators.



Dr Ang Yong Guan: Biography 1

Dr Ang Yong Guan is a well known psychiatrist in Singapore; and currently manages Dr Ang Yong Guan Psychiatry at the Paragon Medical Centre. He is also active in community service, being concurrently Chairman of the Action Group for Mental Illness (AGMI) and the Punggol Community Club of Management Committee. Dr Ang holds a MBBS from the University of Singapore and a MRCPsych from the United Kingdom.

Dr Ang Yong Guan
Ang Yong Guan Psychiatry
290 Orchard Road #11-09
Paragon Medical, 238859
Tel: 6-738 0808
Fax: 6-738 0803
aygpsychiatry@pacific.net.sg

Dr Ang Yong Guan: Biography 2

Dr Ang Yong Guan

PPA, PBM, MBBS (S'pore), MRCPsych (UK), FAMS (Psychiatry)

Ang Yong Guan Psychiatry
290 Orchard Road, #11-09 Paragon, Singapore 238 859

Dr Ang Yong Guan graduated from the University of Singapore in 1979 with a medical degree. He received his post-graduate training in psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh from 1984 to 1986. Upon his return from Edinburgh, he served as a psychiatrist with the Singapore Armed Forces for 17 years from 1986 to 2003. He retired from the SAF in Jan 2003.

Dr Ang is currently in private practice at Paragon Medical Centre. He is also a Visiting Consultant to the Institute of Mental Health and Woodbridge Hospital.

His special clinical interests include stress-related disorders, early psychosis and anxiety disorders. Besides his clinical work, he conducts regular lectures on topics related to managing stress, building resilience, and maintaining mental health.

He was the President of the Singapore Psychiatric Association for 2 consecutive terms in 1997 and 1998 and Chairman of the Chapter of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine from 2001 to 2003. He is currently the founding Chairman of the newly formed Action Group for Mental Illness (AGMI) which was officially launched on 16 Oct 2004. He is also a member of the newly formed National Council on Problem Gambling.

For his achievements in the SAF, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (PPA) in 1996. For his active involvement in community work, he was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 1995.

He is currently the Chairman of Punggol Community Club Management Committee and Assistant Treasurer of the Bedok Town Secondary School Advisory Committee.

To read more about Dr Ang Yong Guan, click on the label "Dr Ang Yong Guan" below

Dr Ang Yong Guan runs a blog here and here (It seems Dr Ang has restricted access to both his blogs since standing for elections, but now after the elections both blogs are now up), his Youtube channel is here and his letter launching AGMI, a mental health advocacy VWO is here. The website of AGMI is here. Dr Ang's comments in the press on mental health is here.

His various statements in the press are as below:

ST Jan 1, 2011
More seeking help for eating disorders here
http://greysteppenwolf.blogspot.com/2011/01/st-more-seeking-help-for-eating.html

The best form of prevention, said Dr Ang Yong Guan of Ang Yong Guan Psychiatry, is to help children build healthy self-esteem from a young age.
'Parents should create a secure base for children to grow up. They need to feel wanted and not have to seek other avenues to boost their self-esteem.'

AsiaOne Wed, Jan 13, 2010
A spanked child may become a better adult


Dr Ang Yong Guan of Paragon Medical says that five and six are important developmental years, innocent children have yet to be influenced by society, and it is the best time for parents to impart the correct values.
"When children are punished at a young age, they remember the lesson with all their senses, forever searing it into their memory," said Dr Ang, who also emphasized the punishment had to be reasonable and justified.

Hired guns? Not us, say private psychiatrists


Dr Ang Yong Guan, a former psychiatrist for the Singapore Armed Forces who is now running his own clinic, said: 'The quality of the psychiatrist should be measured by how objective and how thorough he is.'

Last year, he penned a 34-page report on Australian journalist Peter Lloyd, who was jailed for drug offences, after extensive interviews with Lloyd, his family, friends and colleagues.

He even had the journalist warded and videotaped him to observe his behaviour. He then had him assessed by an IMH psychiatrist, whose findings matched his.

One pill to chase away the blues

…'They were warriors; now, they're worriers,' said Dr Ang, who worked in the Singapore Armed Forces for 17 years. He now has his own clinic at Paragon Medical Centre. The wonder of Prozac, he explained, is that it creates pools of serotonin between the brain's gaps by inhibiting the body's natural mechanism of periodically taking serotonin from those gaps back into the cells, a process known as reuptake…. So it is that Dr Ang cautioned that Prozac and its kind can only be a cradle, not a crutch, for depression sufferers. As he put it: 'If you are depressed because, say, you don't like your job, we can give you tonnes of Prozac, and it will not work.'

The Sunday Times
April 5, 2009 Sunday

Suicidal blogs may not mean suicidal kids


Psychiatrist Ang Yong Guan, who has his own practice, used to see a new child or teen about once a month. Now, he sees a new one every week. He said: 'Most of them have some form of anxiety problem. But many of these cases do not even need psychiatric help. They need their parents' attention.'
Nothing shameful about seeking help for mental health: Parents are more aware of the mental health issues the youth are facing

Translation for Lianhe Zaobao
12 March 2009, Thursday
Reported by Ong Jue Qi


More than five years ago, Dr Hong Yong Yuan (Dr Ang Yong Guan's Chinese name)saw only one new patient every week. However, within these five years, it has increased to two patients weekly. He also notes that parents are more educated about mental health issues and are able to afford private psychiatry services.

Stock market woes: Anxious, can't sleep, can't focus

Mon, Jan 28, 2008
The New Paper

http://greysteppenwolf.blogspot.com/2009/03/stock-market-woes.html

…Relating a similar case is Dr Ang Yong Guan, a consultant psychiatrist and chairman of the Action Group for Mental Illness.
He said that two of his existing patients have poured their woes to him this week about the stock market - one on Tuesday and the second on Wednesday.

One of the men is an IT professional in his 30s, while the other is an engineer in his 40s.

Dr Ang said: 'They are not in a state of depression yet, but they are clearly moody, irritable and very distracted.'

He had asked the patients what was wrong, and that was when they opened up.

He said that for the man in his 40s, who is married and a father of two, the stress was compounded because he kept his losses a secret from his family.

The man did not tell Dr Ang the extent of the loss, but revealed that he had been buying the shares on margin.

Dr Ang said: 'He was very worried. He said if the stock market continues to go down, he may be forced to take an additional loan, or be forced to sell.

'He was afraid that his family might perceive him as gambling on the stock market, instead of investing prudently.

'He already suffered a money loss, he didn't want to suffer a reputation and image loss with his family.'

ST Oct 7, 2007

Housing and employment woes of mentally ill under study



…But the numbers of such shelters and employers willing to accommodate those with mental illnesses were currently insufficient, said consultant psychiatrist Dr Ang Yong Guan, 52.
He is the chairman of the Action Group for Mental Illness, which organised the walk where Madam Halimah was guest-of-honour.

Middle-age suicide rate up: report


"I don't find the rates for those in their 40s and 50s surprising," said Dr Ang Yong Guan, chairman of the Action Group for Mental Illness. "What's paradoxical is the correlation that when the economy does well, the suicide rates go up."

He added: "It could be because people start seeing those around them becoming more successful, so they start to feel affected. This is unlike a recession, where everyone does not do well."


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