A message from the ANBD Chairman

A Message from the ANBD Chairman

Dear members of ANBD,

This is my first message as your new Chairman.  It is my great honor and pleasure to have been elected by all  ANBD council members to become the Chairman Elect in 2009 and now become the Chairman, following the footsteps of Prof. Ki Yan Mak and Prof. Kyooseob Ha.  I received this position during our recent and very successful the 5th ANBD Conference on 22 August 2013 in Bangkok.  It was the first time to combine the Southeast Asia and South Asia Bipolar Forum (SEASA BiF) together with the East Asian Bipolar Forum (EABF) during the 5th ANBD Conference.

According to the ANBD constitution, there are at least 11 objectives of our society.  However, during my termship as the ANBD Chairman, I will focus on the 6 objectives as follows :

promotion of awareness of bipolar disorder in general

promotion of awareness and ANBD education about this condition among medical and mental health care professionals, and the lay community

- support of consumers and care givers awareness initiatives of bipolar disorder, and collaboration with established organizations

- support and promotion of international, and local conferences that provide scientific and educational programs

- fostering of research in all aspects of bipolar disorder

- publication of relevant materials

 The future activities which will serve the above-mentioned objectives are

1. Public education activities in various Asian countries on the 30th of  March every year.  The date which is the birthday of Vincent Van Gooh has been chosen by ANBD to be the World Bipolar Day.  Many activities have been proposed to be held simultaneously  in many major cities in Asia, for raising public awareness of bipolar disorder – a serious mental disorder, yet treatable and preventable disease.

2. Establishing our own ANBD website with the linkage to other related societies in each Asian country and to international organizations.

3. Encourage “Research on Asian Prescribing drug patterns in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder (RAP BD)” in various Asian countries.

4. Publication of education materials in various Asian languages.

I need your help and your continuous support by joining the above activities, with your colleagues from your own country.  It is exciting, and with great challenges to achieve our main goal, which similarly to ISBD, but focus only in Asia. Which  is “to improve the lives of Asian patients with bipolar disorder.

Last but not least, it is a privilege to work with so many nice people in the ANBD council. To strengthen our network, I need your suggestions and feedback. So please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I look forward to receiving your helpful advice and hope to meet many of you during the 7th ANBD Conference, which will be held during the 5th World Congress of Asian Psychiatry (WCAP) at Fukuoka, Japan, during 3rd-6th of March, 2015.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Pichet Udomratn, M.D.
Chairman of ANBD