25 February 2020

Dr Kwan Ka-lik

FHKAM (Psychiatry)
  • Real-life experiences, such as the way they are raised by their families and the campus environment they are in, play a key role in the students' understanding of people and the world. Photo: HKEJ

    Therapies for students’ emotional disorders

    - Feb 2, 2018 4:41pm
    Unlike most adult patients, students who suffer from emotional disorders are often influenced by external factors. From the way they are raised in the family and the campus environment they are in, to how they interact...
  • When children refuse to obey their parents or teachers, the problem may be due to their lack of motivation to learn. Photo: Reuters

    Students must be motivated to learn

    - Jan 12, 2018 5:31pm
    Student misbehavior often brings worried parents to the doorstep of a counsellor. Their children don’t do assignments or even refuse to go to school. When this happens, parents should investigate to find out the real causes. Parents...
  • Real-life social settings are the best place for children to practice their social skills. Photo: Reuters

    Social skills training for kids

    - Dec 15, 2017 5:49pm
    When primary school children exhibit poor social skills and feel discomfort interacting with others, parents are confronted with the task of seeking ways to improve the kids’ condition. Strengthening children’s language skills and etiquette can help...
  • When they notice their kids displaying unusual behavior or emotions, they should try to keep calm and listen attentively to what their children have to say in order to get the whole story. Photo: Reuters

    What parents should know about bullying

    - Nov 10, 2017 5:32pm
    Parents often get riled up when they learn their children are being bullied at school. But there must be a healthy and trusting parent-child relationship first before they can handle the situation effectively. When they notice...
  • Bullying at school can leave a child with emotional scars that can be long-lasting. Photo: Reuters

    Bullying at school: Why it should be taken seriously

    - Nov 10, 2017 5:32pm
    One of the main reasons why some children develop emotional problems at school is bullying or taunts by their peers.  Generally speaking, bullying is defined as a physical or mental aggressive behavior towards a weak individual...
  • Children with emotional problems often don't make the decision to talk to someone at the time they need help. Photo: HKEJ

    How to help children with suicidal thoughts

    - Oct 13, 2017 5:30pm
    When children encounter difficulties in their lives, they are more likely to feel helpless than adults do. The main reason is that they lack experience in coping with stress, which is very understandable. When they have...
  • Workplace pressure does not occur in a vacuum. Domestic issues, health condition or even a night of fitful sleep can aggravate stress. Photo: Internet

    Work stress may not come from work at all

    - Jul 28, 2017 5:31pm
    It is well understood that various environmental factors or threats from family, workplace or one’s own physical health might contribute to mood disorders. Regardless of the sources, the essence of stress is more or less the...
  • Doctors are facing mounting pressure of their own with an ever-expanding workload. Photo: Internet

    Empathetic doctors key to public healthcare system

    - Jun 16, 2017 5:32pm
    Any medicine graduate who aspires to become a specialist doctor would have to accumulate certain years of work experience at a public hospital. The department of psychiatry is an important training ground for all prospective psychiatrists....
  • Parents tend to overreact to their children's emotional and learning problems when almost all kids may experience them. Photo: Internet

    Avoid medicalizing kids’ learning problems

    - Apr 28, 2017 5:33pm
    As a psychiatrist, I often meet schoolchildren with learning, emotional or behavioral problems. Nowadays, if a child is performing badly, falling behind in class, displaying poor learning attitudes and disobeying their teachers, society would tend to...
  • In Hong Kong, many parents have to work obsessively, often resulting in troubled relationships with family members. Photo: HKEJ

    What we can learn from this Hong Kong middle-class family

    - Mar 3, 2017 5:34pm
    Ka-yee, who is an only child, is an emotional girl lacking motivation to learn in her final year of primary education. She only has a few friends and classmates find her too radical. The 12-year-old often...