A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness. A psychiatrist is trained to differentiate mental health problems from other underlying medical conditions that could present with psychiatric symptoms. They also monitor the effects of mental illness on other physical conditions (such as problems with the heart or high blood pressure), and the effects of medicines on the body (such as weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, sleep, and kidney or liver functioning). A psychiatrist is licensed to write prescriptions. Many mental disorders -- such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, or bipolar disorder -- can be treated effectively with specific drugs. A lot of the treatment may be focused on medication management. Sometimes medication alone is enough to treat mental illness. Sometimes a combination of medication and psychotherapy or counseling is needed. If that is the case, the psychiatrist may provide the psychotherapy, or the psychiatrist may refer the patient to a counselor or other type of mental health professional.
Dr Adrian Wang received his MBBS from the National University of Singapore in 1990, and Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) from the Graduate School of Medical Studies, NUS, in 1996. He has also received additional training as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Stanford University, in the research and therapy of Bipolar Disorders. Before commencing private practice at Gleneagles Medical Centre in Oct 2005, he was Chief of the Department of General Psychiatry and Consultant-in-charge of the Anxiety and Mood Clinic at the Institute of Mental Health. He was the Chief CARE Officer of the National CARE Management System from 2001 to 2005, and was involved in planning the psychological responses for the Asian Tsunami Crisis in 2004, and the Silkair MI185 and SIA 006 air crashes.
His main areas of specialty are the treatment and research of Mood and Anxiety Disorders – such as Depression and Bipolar Disorders; as well as Grief and Adjustment Disorders, Trauma Psychiatry and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. Doctor who loves biking has conducted training workshops for healthcare professionals and the public on topics including depression, anxiety, phobias and grief counseling.
M. Med, MBBS
Dr Adrian Wang Psychiatric & Counseling Care, 6 Napier Road # 10-05 Gleneagles Medical Centre, Singapore 258499