It Changed My Life: Psychiatry shows Chong Siow Ann the many shades of humanity

One of Singapore's top psychiatrists, Dr Chong Siow Ann overlooks all research activities on mental illness at the Institute of Mental Health.
Professor Chong Siow Ann does not believe in giving up on a patient, no matter how complicated things may be. "You don't know when things will turn," says the senior consultant psychiatrist at the Institute of Mental Health, who specialises in schizo
Professor Chong Siow Ann does not believe in giving up on a patient, no matter how complicated things may be. "You don't know when things will turn," says the senior consultant psychiatrist at the Institute of Mental Health, who specialises in schizophrenia and psychosis.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Psychiatry has taught don that human beings are full of surprises, and it has humbled him

Every month, a tall man visits Professor Chong Siow Ann at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Buangkok.

The fifty-something likes to pace up and down the consultation room, occasionally sitting to share his thoughts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 19, 2018, with the headline 'Knowing the many shades of humanity'. Print Edition | Subscribe