East Asian Archives of Psychiatry


Vol. 28, No. 3, September

Video Feedback on Mother-Child Interactions in Perinatal Psychiatric Service in Hong Kong
Maternal mood disorders have an adverse effect on parenting and childhood development. A meta-analysis of 46 observational studies demonstrated a moderate association between maternal depression and negative parenting behaviour, and a small-to-moderate...
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Attitude of Medical Students in Paraguay towards Homosexuality
IntroductionHomosexuality still suffers from negative stereotypes that influence public perception.1 There has long been prejudice and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people; even the Old Testament condemns homosexuality.2...
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Audit of Mental Capacity Assessment by Primary Care Physicians versus Consultationliaison Psychiatrists
IntroductionIn Singapore, the Mental Capacity Act sets a legal framework to allow individuals aged >21 years to appoint in advance, trusted person(s) to make decisions (concerning personal welfare, healthcare, and assets) on their behalf in the event...
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Vol. 28, No. 2, June

Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio and C-Reactive Protein Level in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder before and after Pharmacotherapy
IntroductionMajor depressive disorder is a common psychiatric problem that affects approximately 3% to 10% of the general population.1 Some neurobiological hypotheses have indicated a psychoneuroimmunological basis of major depression.2 Recent theories...
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Vol. 28, No. 1, March

Frontal Theta Asymmetry as a Biomarker of Depression
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionDepression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected. It is a major cause of disability and a major contributor to the global disease burden.1 It is associated with...
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Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in Obese Singaporeans: A Preliminary Study
IntroductionObesity is a global public health problem whose prevalence has increased over the years, along with obesity-related major disabilities and premature deaths.1 In 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that globally approximately...
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Vol. 27, No. 4, December

Feasibility and Clinical Utility of High-Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in the Treatment of Persistent Hallucinations in Schizophrenia
IntroductionAuditory verbal hallucination (AVH) persists in about 30% of schizophrenic patients despite adequate treatment with antipsychotics. Add-on treatment with conventional transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) that uses rectangular electrodes...
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Increasing the Continuity of Care between Primary Care Provider and a Psychiatric Hospital in Singapore
IntroductionContinuity of care is vital to the mental health of service users with complex needs.1-4 While system integration poses an important challenge for continuity of care,5 in Singapore, the issue of continuity of care poses a greater challenge...
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Antidepressants for Depression Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Meta-Analytical Study of Randomised Controlled Trials
IntroductionTraumatic brain injury (TBI) is extremely common. In the US alone, more than 1,400,000 new cases of head trauma occur every year; over 3 million patients have TBI-related disabilities.1 The direct medical and indirect costs for head injuries...
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Bipolar Disorder 2017 (Advances in Psychotherapy: Evidence Based Practice)
Bipolar Disorder 2017 (Advances in Psychotherapy: Evidence Based Practice) Authors: Robert P. Reiser, Larry W. Thompson, Sheri L. Johnson, Trisha Suppes Hogrefe Publishing ?19.90; pp128; ISBN: 978-0-88937-410-2Bipolar disorder is one of the most common,...
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Management for Psychiatrists, Fourth Edition
Management for Psychiatrists, Fourth Edition Editors: Dinesh Bhugra, Stuart Bell, Alistair Burns RCPsych Publications ?90.00; pp544; ISBN: 978-1909726659This is the fourth edition of a highly popular book with an updated text about management for both...
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Vol. 27, No. 3, September

Psychiatrists' Attitude and Use of Second-Generation Antipsychotics for the Treatment of Schizophrenia in Taiwan
Submitted: 19 July 2016; Accepted: 20 March 2017IntroductionSchizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling mental illness.1 Characteristic symptoms involve a range of cognitive, behavioural, and emotional dysfunctions that are associated with impaired...
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Folie À Deux by Proxy in a Father, after Physical Abuse by a Mentally Ill Daughter
IntroductionFolie a deux, or induced delusional disorder, refers to the transference of delusions from the primary person (inducer) to a secondary person (recipient). It occurs most commonly within nuclear families, as both persons in the family live...
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Vol. 27, No. 2, June

A Cross-Sectional Cohort Study of Prevalence, Co-Morbidities, and Correlates of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder among Adult Patients Admitted to the Li Ka Shing Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic, Hong Kong
IntroductionAttention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a persisting pattern of inattention and / or hyperactivityimpulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. The worldwide prevalence of ADHD in the adult population has been reported...
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Serum Levels of Neuroactive Steroids in First-Episode Antipsychotic-Naïve Schizophrenic Patients and Its Correlation with Aggression: A Case-Control Study
IntroductionIt has largely been implicated that schizophrenic patients have higher level of perceived stress and impaired coping strategies and that psychosocial stress plays a role in the development and course of psychotic disorders.1 The biological...
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Stormy Lives: A Journey through Personality Disorder
Stormy Lives: A Journey through Personality Disorder Author: Tennyson Lee Muswell Hill Press US$20.00; pp234; ISBN: 978-1-908995-16-2The diagnostic label 'personality disorder' is usually reserved for patients who are difficult to engage and treat. In...
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Global Prevalence of Elder Abuse: A Metaanalysis and Meta-Regression
IntroductionElder abuse was first brought to public attention in the 1970s,1 with the emergence of phrases such as 'granny battering'2 and 'granny bashing'3. It is associated with distress and increased mortality in older adults and contributes to caregivers'...
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Prevalence and Correlates of Psychological Distress in Adolescent Students from India
IntroductionAdolescence is a period of transition associated with many challenges, both physical and psychological. Although the majority of adolescents overcome these challenges, there is a significant proportion who exhibit depression, anxiety, suicidality,...
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Vol. 26, No. 4, 2016

The Forgotten Child
About 10% to 20% of children and adolescents suffer from some kind of mental health disorder. Many adult psychiatric disorders have their origin in childhood and adolescence.1 Inadequate or delayed treatment is associated not only with personal suffering,...
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Recurrent Psychotic Episodes with a Nearmonthly Cycle
IntroductionThere have been many case reports of adolescents who present with recurrent psychotic episodes - the clinical symptoms range from stupor to psychomotor excitement, and they are usually accompanied by delusions or hallucinations. These episodes...
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Co-Morbidity in Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Clinical Study from India
IntroductionAttention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common but complex neurodevelopmental disorder with onset in childhood or adolescence.1,2 Co-morbidity with psychiatric and other neurodevelopmental disorders seems to be a distinct clinical...
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Vol. 26, No. 3, September

Wuling Capsule for Major Depressive Disorder: A Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials
IntroductionMajor depressive disorder (MDD) is common and causes immense suffering for patients and their family, physical and mental disability, poor quality of life, and increased mortality.1 The World Health Organization predicts that MDD will be...
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Socio-Demographic and Clinical Characteristics of Patients Who Attempt Suicide: A Hospitalbased Study from Eastern India
IntroductionSuicide is the result of an act deliberately initiated and performed by a person in the full knowledge or expectation of its fatal outcome.1 Suicide was the fifteenth leading cause of death in 2012, accounting for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide.2...
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Antiepileptic-Induced Psychosis as a Possible Predictor of Post-Temporal Lobectomy Alternative Psychosis
IntroductionEpilepsy is a chronic and debilitating disease. Surgery in the form of lobectomy is often sought for patients in whom conventional antiepileptic treatment fails. Indeed, temporal lobectomy has become a recognised treatment for resistant epilepsies...
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Null Hypothesis Testing (I) - 5% Significance Level
In early 2015, the psychology journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology announced its ban on the use of "Null Hypothesis Significance Testing Procedure" (NHSTP), because of its invalidity.1 Authors are now required to remove all vestiges of NHSTP,...
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Core Skills for the CASC
Core Skills for the CASC Authors: James Woollard, Josie Jenkinson RCPsych Publications £15.00; pp80; ISBN: 978-1909726543Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) was implemented in 2008 as the final membership examination of the Royal College...
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Vol. 26, No. 2, June

Drug Addiction: A Global Challenge
Drug addiction is characterised by compulsive, uncontrollable drug use irrespective of its negative consequences.1 It has been recognised as a chronic disease with high possibility of relapse inflicting far-reaching psychological and physical damage...
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Vol. 26, No. 1, 2016

Prescribing Pattern of Antidepressants in Children and Adolescents: Findings from the Research on Asia Psychotropic Prescription Pattern
IntroductionAntidepressant prescription in children and adolescents has gained significant attention in the last decade. Increased utilisation of psychotropic medication for treatment of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents has previously...
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Vol. 26, No. 1, March

Validation of the Hong Kong Cantonese Version of World Health Organization Five Well-Being Index for People with Severe Mental Illness
IntroductionQuality of life (QOL) has been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an individual's perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations,...
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Psychiatric Disorders among Prisoners: A National Study in Egypt
IntroductionPrison is defined as a facility in which individuals are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state as a form of punishment.1 Mental health problems are often more apparent in prisons than in the community.2...
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Vol. 25, No. 4, December

Six-Month Follow-Up of Cognitive Impairment and Depressive Symptoms in Late-Onset Depression
IntroductionThe prevalence of late-onset depression is estimated to be 15% among people aged = 65 years, making it an important mental illness in the elderly population.1 It often arises in the context of medical and neurological disorders.2 It is frequently...
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Prevalence of Psychiatric Morbidity in Chinese Subjects with Knee Osteoarthritis in a Hong Kong Orthopaedic Clinicigwa Po
IntroductionKnee osteoarthritis (knee OA) is a common degenerative joint condition and one of the most common causes of disability and pain in the elderly. According to a US study, the prevalence of radiographic knee OA > 63 years is around 30%, and...
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Neutropenia and Agranulocytosis in Chinese Patients Prescribed Clozapine
IntroductionThe introduction of dibenzodiazepine antipsychotic agent, clozapine, is an important development in the pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia. Clozapine is superior to standard antipsychotic drugs in the treatment of patients with refractory schizophrenia.1...
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A 17-Month Review of the Care Model, Service Structure, and Design of THRIVE, a Community Mental Health Initiative in Northern Singapore
IntroductionThe year 1928 marked the beginning of the mental health service in Singapore.1 It began with a large asylum that provided mainly custodial care, and where the mentally ill were managed by a handful of expatriate medical pioneers and nurses....
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Vol. 25, No. 3, September

Is Add-On Psycho-Education Effective in the Treatment of Depression?/Authors' Reply
To the Editor: I read with interest the study by Kumar and Gupta,1 published in March 2015 issue, on the effectiveness of psycho-educational intervention in patients with depression and their caregivers that found significant differences in outcome measures....
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Vol. 25, No. 2, June

Psychosocial Correlates of Patients Being Physically Restrained within the First 7 Days in an Acute Psychiatric Admission Ward: Retrospective Case Record Review
AbstractObjective: Clinically, patients' characteristics may predict the use of physical restraint in a psychiatric ward. This study aimed to explore significant psychosocial variables in predicting the risk for application of physical restraint with...
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Vol. 25, No. 1, March

CBT for Adults: A Practical Guide for Clinicians
CBT for Adults: A Practical Guide for Clinicians Author: Lynne M Drummond The Royal College of Psychiatrists USD 52; pp304; ISBN: 978-1909726277"CBT for Adults: A Practical Guide for Clinicians" provides readers with valuable information about the pragmatic...
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Transformation of a Metaphor: Semantic Shift in a Cantonese Term 'Chi Sin' Denoting Insanity
AbstractObjectives: The historical evolution of the existing terms used to describe insanity may be able to shed for insanity 'Chi Sin' (...) provides a unique example because of its neutral original sense, as it literally means misconnection in a network...
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Prodromal Psychosis: A Case Series of Ten Symptomatic Patients
AbstractThis case series provides an account of 10 patients with prodromal psychosis in Hong Kong over the course of 12 months between 2012 and 2014. Patterns of symptoms and functioning levels were noted each month and overall presentation was classified...
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Effect of Co-Morbid Depression on Neurocognitive Functioning in Patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Study from India
AbstractObjective: To study neuropsychological function in subjects with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with and without co-morbid depression in comparison with healthy controls (HC).Methods: The 3 sample groups included subjects with OCD without...
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Effectiveness of Psycho-Educational Intervention in Improving Outcome of Unipolar Depression: Results from a Randomised Clinical Trial
AbstractObjectives: Depressive disorders are one of the leading components of the global burden of disease with a prevalence of up to 14% in the general population. Numerous studies have demonstrated that pharmacotherapy combined with non-pharmacological...
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Concurrent Validation of a Neurocognitive Assessment Protocol for Clients with Mental Illness in Job Matching as Shop Sales in Supported Employment
AbstractObjectives: Occupational therapists play a major role in the assessment and referral of clients with severe mental illness for supported employment. Nonetheless, there is scarce literature about the content and predictive validity of the process....
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Vol. 24, No. 4, December

Functional Recovery of Consumers Discharged from Mental Hospital and Participating in a Community-Based Psychosocial Programme Provided by a Non-Governmental Organisation
AbstractObjective: To explore the 1-year functional recovery rate and identify factors predicting functional recovery of consumers in the Hong Kong context.Methods: By adopting a prospective longitudinal follow-up research design, a cohort of Chinese...
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Association of Psychiatric Co-Morbidities and Quality of Life with Severity of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
AbstractObjective: This was a single-centre, cross-sectional, observational study performed at a tertiary care hospital in India to study the association of psychiatric co-morbidities and quality of life with severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary...
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Reliability and Validity of the Severity of Dependence Scale in a Chinese Sample of Treatment-Seeking Ketamine Users
AbstractObjective: Despite growing popularity of ketamine misuse in Asia, there is a lack of a validated instrument to measure the severity of ketamine dependence. Psychometric properties of Chinese Severity of Dependence Scale for ketamine (C-SDS-K)...
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Anticipation with Phenotypic Variation in Three Father-Son Pairs with Affective Disorder: A Case Series
AbstractAnticipation is a phenomenon in which successive generations within a family experience an earlier age of onset and a more severe form of a given illness. It has been observed in various neurological and psychiatric conditions, including bipolar...
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The Chinese First-Episode Schizophrenia Trial: Background and Study Design
AbstractSchizophrenia is a complex illness with unknown aetiology and pathogenesis. Currently, a considerable number of patients with schizophrenia do not receive standardised and systematic treatment in China. In the past years, many controlled trials...
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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition: Contributions from Asia
AbstractPremenstrual dysphoric disorder has been included as a separate diagnostic entity in the chapter of 'Depressive Disorders' of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5). The antecedent, concurrent, and predictive...
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Use and Interpretation of Statistical Tests
To the Editor - A recently published article by Razali and Yusoff1 illustrates some of the challenges of using statistical tests and interpretation of regression analysis.There are a couple of problems with the choice of statistical test. In Table 1...
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Vol. 24, No. 3, September

Contemporary Mental Health Rehabilitation
AbstractIn the United Kingdom, contemporary mental health rehabilitation services evolved during the period of deinstitutionalisation. They focus on people with complex psychosis, a "low volume, high needs" group which is at risk of social exclusion....
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Positive Psychology: An Approach to Supporting Recovery in Mental Illness
AbstractThis paper reviews the literature on positive psychology with a special focus on people with mental illness. It describes the characteristics, critiques, and roots of positive psychology and positive psychotherapy, and summarises the existing...
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Recovery Entails Bridging the Multiple Realms of Best Practice: Towards a More Integrated Approach to Evidence-Based Clinical Treatment and Psychosocial Disability Support for Mental Health Recovery
AbstractWhile mental health recovery is a very personal process, the approach also offers possibilities as a metaframework for improving quality of services to support people with severe and enduring mental illness. This paper explores how a recovery...
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What Will It Take for Recovery to Flourish in Hong Kong?
AbstractThe notion of mental health "recovery" is beginning to stimulate important changes in the mental health care provided to persons with serious mental illnesses in Hong Kong. However, the Chinese culture poses many challenges to implementing the...
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Expected Possible Selves and Coping Skills among Young and Middle-Aged Adults with Bipolar Disorder
AbstractObjectives: This qualitative study explored expected possible selves and coping skills among young and middle-aged adults with bipolar disorder in Hong Kong. Disruptive or positive experiences associated with bipolar disorder can shape the development...
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Beyond Illness and Treatment
AbstractPeer support workers or peer experts are a new workforce in the mental health services of Hong Kong. As two of the few peer support workers in mental health services, we share our experience in working in a regional hospital. We share the amazing...
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"Recovery" from the Eye of a Peer Specialist
As a peer specialist in the Community Psychiatric Service of Castle Peak Hospital, I have opportunities to work with multidisciplinary case managers, people in recovery and their family, community partners, and the media. Through sharing of my personal...
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Beyond the Clinical Model of Recovery: Recovery of a Chinese Immigrant Woman with Bipolar Disorder
AbstractRecovery from serious mental illness can be conceptualised in a number of ways, some more helpful to clients than others. This paper aimed to show that the clinical model of recovery, based on symptom relief, return to function, and freedom from...
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Vol. 24, No. 2, June

Consultation-Liaison Service in a Regional Hospital in Hong Kong
AbstractObjective: To examine consultation-liaison psychiatric services in a general hospital in Hong Kong.Methods: All records of Tseung Kwan O Hospital psychiatric consultations from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 were extracted from the database. Patients'...
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Medication Adherence in Schizophrenia: A Comparison between Outpatients and Relapse Cases
AbstractObjective: Adherence to medication is essential for maximising the outcomes of patients with schizophrenia as the consequences of poor adherence are devastating. The study aimed to compare medication adherence between patients with relapse schizophrenia...
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Vol. 23, No. 3, September

Dementia - an 'Old' Disorder with New Perspectives
Alzheimer's disease (AD), the commonest cause of dementia, was first described by Dr Alois Alzheimer more than 100 years ago. Unlike most mental disorders, neuropathological changes associated with AD represented by neurofibrillary tangles and senile...
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Vol. 23, No. 1, March

Public Mental Health - What Is to Be Done?
Mental health has been an integral part of an individual's well-being, although there have been difficulties in defining it and in whether mental illness should be seen as the opposite end of this spectrum. Sartorius1 defined mental health as a state...
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Metabolic Complications of Schizophrenia and Antipsychotic Medications - an Updated Review
AbstractMetabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors comprising obesity, dyslipidaemias, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance (or hyperinsulinaemia), and hypertension, and is highly predictive of type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease....
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Vol. 22, No. 3, September

Early Psychosis Declaration for Asia by the Asian Network of Early Psychosis
AbstractIn line with the Early Psychosis Declaration issued by the World Health Organization and the International Early Psychosis Association, as well as the International Clinical Practice Guidelines for early psychosis by the latter in 2005, increasing...
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Early Intervention for First-Episode Psychosis in India
AbstractObjective: There have been very few studies of first-episode psychoses or early intervention programmes in India. This paper describes a pilot intervention programme for first-episode psychosis at the Schizophrenia Research Foundation, India.Methods:...
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Developments in Early Intervention for Psychosis in Hong Kong
AbstractThe year 2011 marked the 10-year milestone of early intervention for psychosis in Hong Kong. Since 2001, the landscape of early psychosis services has changed markedly in Hong Kong. Substantial progress has been made in the areas of early intervention...
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Development of an Early Psychosis Intervention System in Korea: Focus on the Continuing Care System for First-Episode Psychosis Treatment in Seoul
AbstractProviding intensive psychosocial intervention within the 5-year critical period following the first psychotic episode is important for both symptomatic and functional recovery. Recently, community mental health centres in Korea have begun to...
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Clinical Practice at a Multi-Dimensional Treatment Centre for Individuals with Early Psychosis in Japan
AbstractEarly intervention for psychosis in Japan has lagged behind that in western countries, but has rapidly begun to attract attention in recent years. As part of a worldwide trend, a multi-dimensional treatment centre for early psychosis consisting...
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Evolution of Early Psychosis Intervention Services in Singapore
AbstractThe alarmingly long duration of untreated psychosis in Singapore and probable severe consequences were the impetus for establishing the Early Psychosis Intervention Programme in 2001. In 2007, the Early Psychosis Intervention Programme became...
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Identification of Vulnerability among First-Degree Relatives of Patients with Schizophrenia
AbstractObjectives: To evaluate the status of schizotypy, neurological softsigns, and cognitive functions as vulnerability markers for schizophrenia and to investigate the potential value of their combination for early identification of people at high...
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Schizophrenia and Suicide
AbstractObjective: Schizophrenia is characterised by distorted thinking and perception and tends to run a chronic course. The World Health Organization reported that suicide accounts for almost 2% of the world's deaths. There is a close relationship...
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Vol. 22, No. 2, June

Mental Health Recovery for Psychiatric Inpatient Services: Perceived Importance of the Elements of Recovery
AbstractObjectives: To develop a questionnaire for measuring the perceived importance of the elements of mental health recovery in psychiatric inpatients in Hong Kong and to test the psychometric properties of the questionnaire.Methods: Thematic content...
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Obesity in Multiracial Schizophrenia Patients Receiving Outpatient Treatment in a Regional Tertiary Hospital in Malaysia
AbstractObjectives: Obesity is an issue of concern among patients with schizophrenia as it is a co-morbid condition that is closely related to metabolic syndrome. The present study assessed the correlation of body mass index with antipsychotic use among...
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Factors Related to Choosing Psychiatry as a Future Medical Career among Medical Students at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Indonesia
AbstractObjective: To identify factors related to choosing psychiatry as a future medical career and attitude towards psychiatry among medical students of the International Class Programme of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Indonesia.Methods:...
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Scale for Positive Aspects of Caregiving Experience: Development, Reliability, and Factor Structure
AbstractObjective: To develop an instrument (Scale for Positive Aspects of Caregiving Experience [SPACE]) that evaluates positive caregiving experience and assess its psychometric properties.Methods: Available scales which assess some aspects of positive...
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Body Shape and Eating Attitudes among Female Nursing Students in India
AbstractObjectives: Eating disorders have been associated with body image disturbances, disordered eating attitudes, and other psychiatric difficulties. There is limited published literature on body shape and eating attitudes from non-western settings....
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The Gradation of Psychopathology: For Better or for Worse
AbstractLately, there has been a growing interest in the dimensional concept of psychiatric diagnosis, along with a tendency to replace the categorical concept by the dimensional one. Before favouring either of these concepts, more light should be shed...
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Vol. 22, No. 1, March

Serum Prolactin Levels and the Acute-Phase Efficacy in Drug-Naïve Schizophrenia Treated with Ziprasidone and Olanzapine (Translated Version)
AbstractObjectives: To study the efficacy and associated serum prolactin levels of ziprasidone and olanzapine treatment in drug-naïve schizophrenia patients.Methods: All 78 inpatients with drug-naïve schizophrenia were recruited from the Department of...
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Vol. 21, No. 4, December

Trauma Practice - Tools for Stabilization and Recovery (Second and Expanded Edition)
Trauma Practice - Tools for Stabilization and Recovery (Second and Expanded Edition) Authors: Anna B Baranowsky, J. Eric Gentry, D. Franklin Schultz Hogrefe Publishing USD49.00; pp188; 978-0-88937-380-8In our clinical practices, most of our patients...
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Vol. 21, No. 3, 2011

Attitudes to Mental Illness: The Effects of Labels and Symptoms
AbstractObjectives: To investigate the effects of different Chinese terms for mental illness and related symptoms on the attitudes of adolescents towards sufferers of a mental illness.Methods: A survey of 578 secondary school students attending 4 schools...
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Depression in Patients Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis
AbstractObjectives: To identify the prevalence and correlates of depression among Chinese peritoneal dialysis patients.Methods: In this cross-sectional study, from October 2007 to June 2008, 141 peritoneal dialysis patients were recruited from a local...
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Assessment of Depression and Anxiety in Haematological Cancer Patients and Their Relationship with Quality of Life
AbstractObjectives: To determine the relationship between major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders and the quality of life of haematological cancer patients.Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted at Ampang Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,...
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Self-Reported Pleasure Experience and Motivation in Individuals with Schizotypal Personality Disorders Proneness
AbstractObjectives: In our current research, 2 studies were conducted to investigate self-reported pleasure and approach motivation in individuals with schizotypal personality disorders (SPD) proneness.Methods: In Study 1, 20 individuals with SPD proneness...
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Classification of Late-Life Leisure Activities among Elderly Chinese in Hong Kong
AbstractObjectives: To develop a classification to describe leisure activities of elderly Hong Kong Chinese based on the functions fulfilled, namely: intellectual, physical, social, and recreational.Methods: A focus group comprising care-for-the-elderly...
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Vol. 21, No. 2, 2011

Coping Styles in Patients with Haematological Cancer in a Malaysian Hospital
AbstractObjective: To assess coping styles of haematological cancer patients and investigate factors (major depressive disorders, socio-demographic profiles and clinical factors) that influence them.Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted...
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Borderline Personality Disorder Subscale (Chinese Version) of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis II Personality Disorders: A Validation Study in Cantonese-Speaking Hong Kong Chinese
AbstractObjective: Borderline personality disorder is an important but under-recognised clinical entity, for which there are only a few available diagnostic instruments in the Chinese language. None has been tested for its psychometric properties in...
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The Validity of Proxy-Based NEO-Five Factor Inventory Data in Suicide Research: A Study of 18- to 64-Year-Old Hong Kong Chinese Who Attempted Suicide
AbstractObjective: To examine the validity of proxy-based NEO-Five Factor Inventory ratings for 18- to 64-yearold Chinese who attempted suicide.Methods: In all, 71 suicide attempters and their proxy-informants were recruited. Data based on structured...
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The Development of a Strength-Focused Mutual Support Group for Caretakers of Children with Cerebral Palsy
AbstractObjective: To examine the efficacy of a strength-focused mutual support group for reducing stress and enhancing psychological well-being of the caretakers of children with cerebral palsy.Methods: This pre- and post-intervention outcome study,...
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The Association between Perceived Social Support, Socio-Economic Status and Mental Health in Young Malaysian Adults
AbstractObjectives: To examine gender differences in mental health and perceived social support, relationship between parents' income and mental health, and differences in mental health across education levels.Methods: A total of 303 students aged 16...
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Two Polymorphisms of RCAN1 Gene Associated with Alzheimer's Disease in the Chinese Han Population
AbstractObjective: Regulator of calcineurin 1 (RCAN1) gene is a regulator on the activity of calcineurin and was reported to be overexpressed in Alzheimer's disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate several polymorphisms of RCAN1, located in the...
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Vol. 21, No. 1, 2011

White Matter Integrity Deficit in Treatment-Naïve Adult Patients with Major Depressive Disorder
AbstractObjectives: The fronto-limbic system plays critical roles in cognitive functions, including emotion. This is supported by recent reports in the studies of major depressive disorder using diffusion tensor imaging of the brain. This study examined...
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A Six-to-Ten Weeks' Follow-Up Study on the Effects of Olanzapine on Abdominal Fat and Other Metabolic Parameters in Patients with Psychoses - an Imaging-Based Study with Controls
AbstractObjectives: To measure the changes in subcutaneous and intra-abdominal fat and other metabolic parameters in patients with psychotic disorders, who were newly started on olanzapine treatment and in drug-free controls. The correlation between...
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Elimination Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Advances in Psychotherapy - Evidence-Based Practice)
Elimination Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Advances in Psychotherapy - Evidence-based Practice) Authors: Edward R. Christophersen, Patrick C. Friman Hogrefe Publishing USD30; pp85; ISBN 978-0-88937-334-1The Freud's theory of psychosexual meaning...
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Movies and Mental Illness 3: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology (3Rd Edition)
Movies and Mental Illness 3: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology (3rd edition) Authors: Danny Wedding, Mary Ann Boyd, Ryan M. Niemiec Hogrefe Publishing USD40; pp352; ISBN 978-0-88937-371-6Film is a popular form of art, telling us stories about...
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Vol. 20, No. 4, 2010

Substance Use Problems
Substance Use Problems Author: Mitchell Earleywine Hogrefe & Huber Publishers USD29.80; pp88; ISBN: 978-0-88937-329-7Substance abuse is a major public health issue worldwide. The medical and psychiatric complications of substance abuse translate...
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Vol. 20, No. 3, 2010

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of Hippocampus Structural Alterations in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Brief Review (Translated Version)
AbstractPost-traumatic stress disorder is a disabling condition that may affect individuals who have been exposed to severe emotional or physically life-threatening traumatic events. The majority of neuroimaging studies of post-traumatic stress disorder...
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Vol. 20, No. 2, 2010

A Prospective Observational Study of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Asia: Baseline Characteristics of Symptom Severity and Treatment Options in a Paediatric Population
AbstractObjectives: To better understand the burden and management of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in East Asia, this subanalysis of the baseline characteristics of a large prospective, observational, nonrandomised study investigating the...
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Childhood Adversity and Adult Depressive Disorder: A Case-Controlled Study in Malaysia
AbstractObjective: To describe the association between childhood adversity and depression in adult depressed patients in a Malaysian population.Methods: Fifty-two patients, who met the criteria for major depressive disorder or dysthymia according to...
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Schizophrenia, Sleep, and Acupuncture
Schizophrenia, Sleep, and Acupuncture Editors: Peggy M.P.C. Bosch, Maurits W.M.L. van den Noort Hogrefe & Huber Publishers USD54.00; pp348; ISBN: 978-0-88937-355-6From time to time we come across patients who say they have not taken the medicine...
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"Suicidal Behaviour" - Advances in Psychotherapy (Evidence-Based Practice)
"Suicidal Behaviour" - Advances in Psychotherapy (Evidence-based Practice) Von R. McKeon Hogrefe & Huber Publishers USD24.80; pp96; ISBN: 978-0-88937-327-3This book is one of the evidence-based treatments for common mental illnesses series produced...
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