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Mental Health Care in Southeast Asia

Clinical Psychology in Singapore: An Asian Casebook
Editors: Gregor Lange and John Davison

This casebook is a unique resource, offering never before documented insights into the practices and principles of clinical psychologists within local mental health services in Singapore. The 20 fascinating chapters provide comprehensive coverage of the assessment, formulation and treatment for clients across the lifespan. It includes accounts of clients with common mental health problems such as depression and panic disorder as well as more unusual problems like pyromania, exhibitionism and frontal-lobe epilepsy. The authors describe their successes and challenges and they share how they grapple with tensions in the therapy room and with cultural and ethical issues. This casebook is an ideal complement to abnormal, counseling or clinical psychology courses.

  • Case studies based on real Singapore clients and families and authored by clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists working in Singapore.
  • In-depth coverage of cultural and contextual factors relating to each case.
  • Comprehensive cas formulations and discussions in the context of the DSM-5 classification system.
  • Discussion questions at the end of each case study for individuals or groups to critically analyse issues relating to the case.
  • Fact boxes outlining interesting or unique information relating to each case.
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Post Traumatic Survival: The Lessons of Cambodian Resilience
Gwynyth Overland

Some refugees who survive wars recover and thrive; others do not. This study sets out to discover what successful survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime found instrumental for both their survival and their mental health. The aim is to contribute to the understanding of resilience, here understood as the ability to recover from misfortune or change, in order to contribute to the psychosocial rehabilitation of survivors of war crimes and other traumatic events – to discover how war-refugees may be best assisted in processes of recovery and normalisation. The experience of earlier refugee groups has remained a largely untapped resource in this work. Psychosocial guidelines for accessing patients’ cultural backgrounds are available, but health and social workers often fail to access the cultural explanatory models used by survivors in building personal and group resilience. Proposals from the project are incorporated in a cultural resilience interview scheme for the use of health and social workers wishing to conduct resilience work with war survivors.

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Till the Break of Day: A History of Mental Health Services in Singapore, 1841-1993
Ng Beng Yeong

This book documents the development of psychiatry in Singapore since its humble beginnings in the British colonial period. It should be of interest to health professionals, medical students, historians interested in the development of medicine and psychiatry and even members of the public with some basic understanding of psychiatry and psychology. Relatives and caregivers of psychiatric patients would also find the information furnished in this book enlightening.

“Dr Ng has written an informative and detailed history of an issue of national importance. Psychiatry is a discipline continually facing stigma, and its history is often ignored on such a basis. Dr Ng’s history, and his clear advocacy of the advances made in Singapore psychiatry, should inform both general and specialist readers.”
– Prof. Gordon Parker, Research Director, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore (1998-2000)

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The Cultural Context of Emotion: Folk Psychology in West Sumatra (Culture, Mind and Society)
K. Heidar

Based on the author’s second stage of research on emotions of the matrilineal Moslem Minangkabau of West Sumatra, Indonesia, this book is a continuation of Heider’s groundbreaking 1991 book, Landscapes of Emotion . This work demonstrates how situating emotion at the center of an investigation is a powerful ethnographic tool.

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