Abnormal Psychology

'Shutdowns' marked Newtown mass killer Adam Lanza's school life

Illustration: Craig Stephens

When he was a student at Newtown High School, Adam Lanza would sometimes have what a school employee referred to as "an episode".

Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 7:03am

Home and dry

Annabelle Chen, 40, was feeling terrible. She was hung over and nursing a headache. Her boyfriend and family were upset about some text messages she had sent them. But she couldn't remember anything about it as she was drunk when she did it.

A family doctor referred her to a psychiatrist to help her overcome her drinking problem. It took her a year to make an appointment.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:05pm

Ask the doctors

Photo: Corbis

Q: My uncle has schizophrenia, and I am worried I may have it. Is schizophrenia a hereditary condition?


14 Aug 2012 - 1:07pm

Elderly at greater risk of anxiety disorder

Retirees in their 70s are four times more likely to suffer from anxiety disorder than people under 50, according to a survey, a figure twice as high as those reported in similar surveys overseas.

The study by the Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod involved more than 500 residents at its retirement homes and found 16 per cent were suffering from general anxiety disorder.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A handy tool for assessing your state of mind

Mental Health Wellness Free Rating 7/10

The authors of this app, Dr Melvyn Zhang, National Healthcare Group, Singapore and Dr Mak Kwok-kei of the faculty of medicine at Chinese University of Hong Kong, say that mental health disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mental health crisis on agenda

Mainland businesses with more than 1,000 employees might have to hire psychologists to help improve mental health across the country.

The Ministry of Health put the requirement in a working draft plan released last week and feedback is being collected from local health authorities.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Battle to ease fears over the mentally ill

Misconceptions about mental illness are still rife.

Parents are reluctant to let their children take part in a government initiative that tries to promote a better understanding of psychiatric patients.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Mind frames

Mental treatments involving counselling and psychotropic drugs often leave patients with expensive medical bills. In coaching sessions with psychologists, patients have to recall traumatic events that precipitate their neuroses or phobias.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Health issue that's tragically neglected

When tragedies involving mental patients attacking family members and strangers become regular occurrences, questions have to be asked whether our society is giving sufficient attention to the problem. Last week a man with a mental condition killed his wife and seriously injured three family members before jumping to his death from a Kwun Tong flat.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Depression and anxiety affects young students

Many local parents think that getting children to learn different kinds of skills early is a great way for them to excel. However, according to a survey on the mental health of teenagers, 33 per cent of students are depressed while 47 per cent show signs of anxiety.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sober is My New Drunk

E-books sell well because they're cheaper than their paperback cousins and easier to conceal, for those who don't like to wear their syndrome on their sleeve. 

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Needs of the few

Global public health crisis and a fast-growing epidemic: these were the stark terms used by experts at an international summit held here last weekend to describe the cost of autism. The descriptions are backed up by grim figures. In South Korea, as many as one in 38 children are diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorders.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Beacon Hill guides autistic children into mainstream

All pupils have their needs, so children with 'special' needs should not be seen as fundamentally different, according to primary school educators who put autistic children in mainstream classes as much as possible.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Reaching out to forgotten children

At first glance, Beijing Stars and Rain looks just like any other kindergarten in the city's eastern suburbs - children's artwork is posted on the walls, toys are scattered around the centre and young children are learning to cut paper with scissors.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

City lags in autism diagnoses and care, experts say

Hong Kong admits it is failing its autistic children, and the situation is likely to only get worse as latest findings reveal more children are being diagnosed with the condition.

One campaigner at the city's first summit on autism said that the official number of autistic children is just a few thousand, but the actual figure could be as high as 200,000.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am