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Press Release (Immediate Release) 25th April 2018
The launch of “Unveiling the Mystery: Casebook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Queen Mary Hospital” by Dr. Phyllis Chan, Chief of Service of the Department of Psychiatry and Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Queen Mary Hospital, a testimony to support the recovery of young patients and their families
“The most challenging part of my career is neither heavy workload nor the issue of understaffing, but the public’s overwhelming fear of being stigmatized and their refusal to receive evidence-based treatments.” – Dr. Phyllis Chan
From the figures of the Hospital Authority, as many as 32,300 child and adolescent patients received treatment from the Department of Psychiatry in the year 2016-17. Not only has the number risen by about 50% in the past five years, but mental illnesses are observed to be affecting younger children: symptoms of neurodevelopmental disorders present in children as young as two or three years old, and mood disorders and anxiety disorders are increasingly common in patients below six. With more than 30 years of experience in psychiatry, and now the Chief of Service of the Department of Psychiatry and Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Queen Mary Hospital, and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Phyllis Chan pointed out that the waiting time of the referrals to public hospitals now takes around two to three years due to the significant rise in the number of cases. There are currently 400 psychiatrists in Hong Kong, among which 150 provide private services and 250 work for the Hospital Authority and other public institutions; there are only 30 professional child and adolescent psychiatrists working for the Hospital Authority.
To promote better understanding of child and adolescent mental illnesses among the general public, and to render care and support for patients and their families, Dr. Phyllis Chan compiled dozens of real cases into the book “Unveiling the Mystery: Casebook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Queen Mary Hospital”; it covers a range of mental illnesses including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, depression, anxiety disorder, eating disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and psychosis. Each case is covered in detail, including how patients and their families handle treatment and walk on the path to recovery. Dr. Phyllis Chan shared, “ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) account for about 40-50% of overall child and adolescent psychiatric cases, autism account for 30-40%, and the rest are anxiety disorder, mood disorder, eating disorder or even more severe mental illnesses like psychosis. Most mental patients can improve or even fully recover after treatment; however, due to limited education, lack of resources and common misunderstanding and prejudices in our society, many children cannot receive evidence-based treatments in time, which further aggravates their conditions. This book hopes to foster understanding of the plethora of symptoms in each mental disorder and the process of attaining referrals, assessments, and treatments. Many of the cases shared in this book were managed by myself for years, and I have established a strong rapport with the patients. Watching them overcome their illnesses and live a meaningful life, I feel as if they were my own children. I hope my sharing will encourage more patients to seek evidence based needed treatment.”
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