Sun, Sep 27, 2009
The Straits Times
The 2 sides of me

By Tan Dawn Wei

Miss Ris Low, the reigning Miss Singapore World, walked through a packed Raffles City Shopping Centre late yesterday morning and no one so much as batted an eyelid at her.

Despite being one of the most talked-about - castigated, really - beauty queens Singapore has ever produced, she was a nobody in a sea of shoppers.

But that must surely come as a huge relief to the 19-year-old for since Friday, her phone had been ringing off the hook after news broke that she had recently been convicted of credit card fraud and could be stripped of her title.

What is bipolar disorder?

Miss Singapore World 2009 Ris Low admits to having bipolar disorder, which leaves her feeling both 'low' and 'high'.

Dr Ken Ung, a consultant psychiatrist at Adam Road Medical Centre, said: 'As the word suggests, bipolar disorder occurs when there are two poles, a mood that is too low and a mood that is too high.'

He said that about 10 per cent of patients with depression also experience extremely high moods, resulting in bipolar disorder.

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