Ep. 45 – Trainees in Psychiatry

Part-1 Exam:

  • Must be good in psychopathology in your first year.
  • Do as much reading to gain competence.
  • It’s not just a 4-year program. It’s a life-long study.

Part-2 Exam:

  • All about the management. See as many patients as possible.
  • Requires reading of current management guidelines
  • Read updates of the field

Part-3 Exam:

  • Be involved psychiatry
  • Can’t be a psychiatrist without advocating the profession
  • Be ethical

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We talk about suicide reporting again

Good morning everyone and a friendly reminder to all my friends in the media as we strive to improve mental health care and #suicideprevention in Malaysia

We have been awoken time and time again with sad news on untimely deaths. More importantly the method of reporting at times have been noted to be wanting.

In lieu of this and other reasons, some of us have in recent times taken up the challenge and decided to do a little bit more.

Do take the time to also read our latest paper on this issue. We provide some context on why this is important. We call upon all stakeholders to take part in this effort. We encourage people to improve in the way they report the news.


For all my trainees and students, this is also very relevant to you. You are training in a very interesting time for psychiatry. There is slow but steady rise in mental health awareness. You must be ready to take up this challenge when called upon.

As part of our efforts, myself and few others (A/Prof Dr Chan Lai Fong from UKM and Dr Nurashikin from MOH) with the support of University of Malaya will be hosting a workshop on best practices for reporting suicide. Stay tuned 😉

For more you can also listen to podcasts episode 39 and you might want to also hear episode 12

Have a great day

Ep. 44 – Consequences of Sexual Harassment

Consequences of Sexual Harassment

Openly or covertly

Direct solicitation of sexual favours

Direct physical contact

Affects both men and women

Happens more often in work or social setting

Victim of sexual harassment can develop:

  • chronic stress
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • trauma
    • recurrent memories, flashback of incidents
  • low mood


  • Ensure environment is safe from these people
  • System in organisations to allow complaints
  • Create organisation culture to stress that this is not tolerated
  • Be professional in what you do
  • Venues to seek help

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Ep.43 – Workplace Stress and Depression

  1. How to identify? What can we do about it?
  2. We need some level of stress to function.
  3. Consequences of chronic stress
    1. Increased metabolism, heart rate
    2. Without control might cause medical conditions:
      1. hypertension
      2. diabetes
      3. stroke
    3. deterioration in parts of the brain
      1. anxious
      2. develop depression
  4. Know your limits
  5. Coping with stress
    1. problems with sleep – physical aspect
    2. problems with mood – emotional aspect
    3. Meditation / Religion
  6. Schedule in breaks – breathing exercises

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