“I wish my daughter is dead” – Bipolar disorder

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Singapore – Every time her mobile phone rings and a strange number flashes on the screen, Madam Cheong Eng Kheng’s heart races with fear.

“What did she do this time? How big is the trouble now? These are the questions that’d run through my mind as I answer the call,” she says in rapid Cantonese.

Madam Cheong, 62, who works as a part-time contract cleaner in homes and a temple, has had her share of bad days.

Especially after her only child was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

And whenever fresh news reports emerge of the condition, Madam Cheong tries to hide them from her daughter.

Like last week when the Law Society handed a letter to the High Court from lawyer M. Ravi’s psychiatrist, who assessed his patient to be medically unfit to practise.

Dr Calvin Fones, a consultant psychiatrist at Gleneagles Medical Centre, said Mr Ravi was having a relapse of bipolar disorder.

In response, Mr Ravi said in a statement on Friday that he will issue a letter of demand to the Law Society of Singapore.

Also called manic depression, bipolar disorder is characterised by extreme mood swings that can cause irrational behaviour.

“I’m afraid that it’d just lead to my daughter’s mulling over her condition,” says Madam Cheong as she recalls the day the hard truth hit them.

With a face devoid of any emotion, she adds: “It was only a week before Lui Lui’s (Cantonese for daughter) 21st birthday.

“And we were happily planning a little birthday party, the first she’d ever have.”

That party, nine years ago, did not take place in the end. – Asia One