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Pharmacotherapy (Medication)

Medication

Pharmacotherapy (Medication) Services Medication can be used to treat different psychiatric illnesses. These include antidepressants, antianxiety medications, mood stabilisers, antipsychotic medications and stimulants. Some medications work within a few hours but others take weeks or months to become effective. Some medications such as stimulants, require drug free days. Other medications, such as antidepressants, mood stabilisers … Read more

Psychotherapy (Talking Therapy)

Proto-Conversation

The Proto-conversation Services Psychotherapy refers to talking therapies which are used alone or in conjunction with medication. The two main forms of therapy used in this practice are Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Conversational Model) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Conversational Model) This is a form of talking therapy that assists a patient to understand how … Read more

Low Self-esteem

Low Self-esteem

Low Self-esteem Services Counselling can help a patient improve their confidence. Low self-esteem can affect an individual’s ability to enjoy life, feel happy, or experience satisfaction. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Conservational Model) can help an individual understand why they have low confidence and low self-esteem, and how it affects them in their day-to-day life. Treatment Psychotherapy involves … Read more

Couples Counselling

Couples Counselling

Couples Counselling Services Relationships are complicated. Counselling may help. Relationships can be a source of emotional fulfillment but when there are difficulties, they can lead to feelings of disappointment, guilt, abandonment or loneliness. What is relationship counselling? Relationship counselling is aimed at couples. It is designed for people in a relationship to understand and better … Read more

Alcohol and/or Drug (AOD) misuse

Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Alcohol and/or Drug (AOD) misuse Services Alcohol and drug addictions can cause harm. Harm reduction is possible. Alcohol misuse refers to individuals drinking above the recommended limit and drinking in a way that is harmful to health. Causes Individuals can drink excessively due to peer pressure, family or work environments or cultural expectations. Sometimes individuals … Read more

Psychosis

Psychosis

Psychosis Services Psychotic illnesses can be frightening. Treatment can be effective. Psychosis can be caused by illnesses such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder, severe Depression, Delusional Disorders (a partial psychosis), Alcohol and/or Drug (AOD) misuse, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or dementia. In these conditions an individual can experience delusions or hallucinations. Symptoms Psychotic episodes usually … Read more

Depression

Depression

Depression Services Persistent sadness can be treated Clinical depression occurs when an individual experiences persistent sadness for more than two weeks at a time. In some cases, it can persist for weeks, months and even years. This is an illness that an individual cannot just “snap out of” or “get over” but with treatment, a … Read more

Bipolar Affective Disorders

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Affective Disorders Services If your mood is fluctuating up and down uncontrollably you may have Bipolar. Help is available.​ Bipolar Affective Disorder is a psychiatric illness that causes severe mood swings in which a patient experiences extreme highs and lows in mood.​ Causes Bipolar Affective Disorder I and II are caused by genetic vulnerability. … Read more

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety

Anxiety Disorders Services Excessive worrying can be managed Many people worry, but anxiety disorders occur when the worry is excessive and causes difficulties with daily life. People suffering from anxiety disorders usually experience excessive fear or apprehension that can sometimes present as physical symptoms. Causes Anxiety can be caused by a number of factors, including … Read more

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