Bipolar Disorder/Expert Profile

Joanne Chang

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returns 12/31/2016

I can answer questions pertaining to coping well with mental illness, being most familiar with bipolar disorder. I focus on approaching life from a wellness model and strongly believe that, with the right approach (sufficient insight coupled with positive action and adequate support), individuals with bipolar disorder can lead meaningful, purpose-driven lives. I am most happy to help by way of providing clinical information / psychoeducation, practical suggestions, and a third-party (hopefully, objective) point-of-view to increase insight. I am not medically-trained and am therefore not qualified to answer specific prescription-related questions.

Experience in the area

I am an Australian graduate with an Honours degree (Class I) in psychology and plan to eventually pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. I have for several years been in close contact with patients with bipolar disorder, either as a relative or as a volunteer with various charity arrangements, and would like to provide more support to this group of patients.


Singapore Psychological Society (Student member)


BCom (Marketing and Information Systems) with Distinction, BA (Psychology), BPsych (Honours, Class I)

Awards and Honors

Golden Key National Honours Society

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

My hope is for bipolar individuals to achieve independent living with a good quality of life, fulfilling their full potential.

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Recent Answers from Joanne Chang

2012-08-08 can bipolar disorder or OCD or social anxiety reduce higher intelligence to average intelligence???:

Hi,    I understand that your questions are important to you and I'll answer them to the best of my ability.    1) Can bipolar disorder or OCD or social anxiety reduce higher intelligence to average intelligence?

2011-09-06 is my ex bf bipolar, or something else?:

Hi Jennifer,    Sorry to hear of your current difficulties.    Your ex-bf definitely seems to be experiencing delusions (being one of God's 'family') and thought disorder (stringing words together such

2011-06-26 Bipolar Diorder & Lamicatal:

Hi Kathy,    Lamictal has been shown to have mild anti-depressant properties, particularly at sub-therapeutic doses, so you might actually achieve the opposite of what you're intending.    The numbness

2011-06-24 husbands anger:

Hi Amanda,    From your description, the situation you are in demands serious and prompt attention.  You mentioned that your husband is on an antidepressant.  Is he getting it from a general practitioner

2010-10-19 I think my 59 year-old-sister is bipolar:

Hi there,    Very sorry to hear about your current difficulties and of your parents' passing.    From what I've read about your sister's personality in your email, she strikes me as a person who will not


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