Book review: The Heretics, by Will Storr

Book review: The Heretics, by Will Storr

The book opens with a quote from psychologist Jerome Bruner: "A self is probably the most impressive work of art we ever produce."

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 2:09pm

Psychiatric patient accused of stabbing women passed check-up

The Secretary for Food and Health, Ko Wing-man, said the Hospital Authority would investigate why the psychiatric patient displayed such a change in behaviour in a relatively short period of time. Photo: Dickson Lee

A psychiatric patient accused of stabbing two women neighbours in Tin Shui Wai on Friday was described as emotionally stable during a check-up 10 days earlier.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:22am

Psychiatric patient who slit stranger's throat guilty of wounding

A psychiatric patient who slit a stranger's throat in Tai Po in February was found guilty of wounding with intent.

Chung Chi-fai was unanimously convicted by a jury of attacking salesman Wu Yuen-fai, inflicting a 25cm neck wound.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am

Art therapy programme in Hong Kong helps patients with mental illness

Joe Chan took part in an art therapy course. Photo: Nora Tam

Glimpsing into a mind troubled by mental illness may sound difficult, but an art therapy programme by the University of Hong Kong has opened a window into the hearts and minds of people with such a condition.

24 Oct 2012 - 12:22pm

One in three suffer mental illness, survey finds

One in three suffer mental illness, survey finds

More than one-third of Hongkongers suffer from mental illness, according to a survey by city psychiatrists.

The organisers of the Mental Health Month campaign, who conducted the survey, say the findings suggest that middle-aged, poorly educated, jobless men who are shy and quiet are the most vulnerable when it came to mental health.

6 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Early intervention is crucial in treating Alzheimer's disease

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Nancy Kwok had always prided herself on her razor-sharp memory, so when little things began to slip her mind - like what she'd eaten the day before - the 70-year-old thought it was just due to old age.

18 Sep 2012 - 12:13pm

Expert warns that HK's shortage of psychiatrists could last two decades

The severe shortage of psychiatrists in public hospitals is likely to continue for at least two decades, while the city struggles to deal with an increase in fatal tragedies involving mental patients, a leading psychiatrist has warned.

27 Aug 2012 - 5:59am

City must do more for mentally ill to avoid more tragedies

Another tragedy involving a mental patient has occurred and once more, health professionals are wringing their hands over the inadequacies of treatment in Hong Kong. If only the woman had been better monitored, she would not have thrown her two-month-old baby daughter to her death from a high-rise building, they lament.

14 Aug 2012 - 2:53am

Stand by me

Few of us can comprehend what life is like for people coping with schizophrenia and other psychiatric problems. Even immediate family members may fail to empathise, as Cheung Yuk-way can testify.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dissecting the challenges of a career in psychiatry

Dr Chang Wing-chung is a clinical assistant professor at the department of psychiatry at the University of Hong Kong's Li Ka-shing Faculty of Medicine and works in Queen Mary Hospital.

What attracted you to psychiatry?

15 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

Do mentally ill need compulsory treatment?

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. This was the second attack by a mental patient in three months.

10 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