Boys are facing double the risk of depression, Hong Kong study shows

Boys are facing double the risk of depression, Hong Kong study shows

Associate professor Sylvia Kwok Lai Yuk-ching, of City University, said: "Chinese families have higher expectations of boys than girls. That's why boys may experience more stress from their parents to deliver better academic performances."

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 5:03am

Gazza's agent warns former soccer star could die if he does not get help

Paul Gascoigne

Terry Baker told BBC radio that Paul Gascoigne, who has battled alcoholism and depression for many years, "immediately needs to get some help".

4 Feb 2013 - 3:30am

Long working hours cause depression, survey confirms

Office workers in Central, Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

It’s no surprise that working long, inflexible hours can trigger mental distress, but now a Hong Kong survey has put a statistical face on the situation.

Among people who work more than 50 hours a week, 35 per cent show symptoms of depression, according to a survey commissioned by the Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service and released on Thursday.

6 Dec 2012 - 5:41pm

Austerity measures lead to greater discontent

I refer to the letter by Samantha Datwani ("Austerity plan only option for euro zone", August 23).

To conclude her recommendations for the euro zone, your correspondent said that austerity measures "steer economies from running corporatism to an approximation of well-functioning capitalism". Not being familiar with the term, I won't comment on "running corporatism".

5 Sep 2012 - 12:10am

Charity calls for action after survey shows rise in teenage depression

A social service organisation has called on the government to put more resources into tackling teenagers' mental health problems after a survey showed a "worrying" number of youngsters suffer from depression.

Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service polled about 2,500 pupils from Form One to Form Five in schools across the city between last December and this April.

3 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

Lift me up: coping with depression in its many forms

Graham has a long history of depression. He doesn't remember how it started, but says it runs in his family. Depression can be a natural response when something goes wrong, sometimes it strikes for unknown reasons.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Despair for families of mentally ill

Scores of middle-aged and older people sit outside a consultation room at the Shanghai Mental Health Centre, waiting to see a senior psychiatrist. One 49-year-old woman among them says most are not seeking treatment for themselves but for their children or grandchildren.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Helping victims of the global financial crisis

Veteran Shenzhen psychiatrist Li Site gives advice to those struggling with the emotional fallout from the worsening financial crisis. While anxiety is a natural response, he says, counselling can help people survive psychologically.

Have you seen more patients since the onset of the global economic crisis?

14 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Learning to deal with depression

The key to helping depressed friends and fellow teenagers is to listen patiently and be supportive.

That is the message delivered by the Youth Suicide Prevention Project, according to the students who took part in the campaign.

It is organised by the KELY Support Group (KELY), Outward Bound and the Samaritans.

11 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Psychiatrists in demand during stressful times

There are only 210 qualified specialists in a city of 7 million

Many Hong Kong people experience tremendous stress and tension for a variety of reasons, including financial stress, unemployment and family problems, and these can trigger a sudden emotional disturbance, resulting in social tragedies that feature regularly in the news.

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Addict shopped 'til she dropped

Whenever she felt bored or depressed, Ms Ho went shopping.

What began as an occasional release gradually became an obsession and burdened her with massive debt.

23 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

'I had no goals. I hated meeting people'

Actress Victoria Lam Kin-ming seems like she can laugh at anything. But three years ago, she could hardly raise a smile because of depression.

'It was 2002. Just all of a sudden I became a different person,' recalled the 50-year-old TV star. 'I wasn't motivated to do anything at all. I didn't shower for three or four days. I wanted to die.

1 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Third of wardens, paramedics depressed

Heavy workloads and staff shortages leave staff with physical and psychological problems

More than one-third of disciplined services officers suffer from depression because of their heavy workload, which leaves them with no proper meal or toilet time, a survey has found.

18 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

How to recognise depression and deal with it

We hear a lot about depression these days. People say they are depressed about the economic outlook or the Sars outbreak. Heart-throb Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing was depressed before he took his own life.

25 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

keeping fit

Information on the physical benefits of exercise abounds. But how does physical activity affect our mental health? Recently, studies have begun looking at the effects exercise has on depression, anxiety and stress, and how exercise helps reduce the decline in our mental state as a result of disease or age.

29 Jul 2002 - 12:00am