DEPRESSION AND Mood Disorder
Depression is a Mental Health Illness that will affect most individuals at least one time during their life. It is usually caused by recent problems or problems that have developed over time. This mental illness can also occur as a result of their personal history experience. Things that can lead to this condition are ongoing work stress, unemployment, relationship issues and chronic unemployment or to feel isolated. More recent problems such as losing a job can also trigger an episode. This mental illness can affect a person during any time from childhood to older adult.
A family history of mental illness will increase the likelihood of a person developing depression. Chronic drug and alcohol use can also lead to depression in the Perth, community. There may also be those that try to cope through drug and alcohol use.
Many individuals will experience a single episode of depression. However, depending on their family history and their coping resources, some people in WA have many episodes during their lives. This is then called Major Depressive Disorder. There are also a number of differing diagnoses that can be given to those with a low mood. For example, a person may experience depression most of the time but then may swing into a very high, expansive mood. This may then be called Bipolar Disorder.
There are specific symptoms that would lead to a diagnosis of an episode of depression. These include (within a two week period):- To feel depressed most of the day, a diminished interest in work, activities, weight loss or gain, problems sleeping, feelings of fatigue or worthlessness. Some individuals feel so depressed that they will have thoughts of suicide. Identifying when loved ones have thoughts of suicide is an important step in seeking help when needed.
EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION
Depression is an illness that can be treated. There is plenty of professional information and support available. Beyond Blue is a good online resource thats contains lots of helpful information. Specific psychological treatment such as Cognitive Behavioural therapy can help some individuals to reduce their symptoms and as such be able to function better in their lives. Sometimes with long term depression, some may also benefit from medication. This support is usually through the use of anti-depressants which can have a positive effect on the neurotransmitters in the brain. These medications would be prescribed by a doctor or psychiatrist in Perth, WA.
Depressed individuals will often also have feelings of anxiety, which is the most common mental health illness in Australia. It can effect children to adults and can be caused by a range of factors such as current life events or what has happened in a person’s past (eg childhood events). Traumatic events and chronic illnesses such as diabetes can also lead to anxiety and depression. Some may resort to the use drugs and alcohol to help manage their condition.
There are a range of specific anxiety conditions, including social phobia which is the most common type. Social phobia is a form of anxiety when a person has intense fear of being scrutinised in public.
Other types are:
Behavioural Treatment And Support For Depression In WA
Whilst Cognitive Behavioural therapy is often used as treatment, depending on a person’s mental health history, family history and presentation, other psychological support and may be beneficial. This is particularly the case for those persons who have a diagnosis of PTSD. In this case, the first choice is to treat people with Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing.
Early information and intervention is the key to the professional treatment. Identifying signs of depression and thoughts of suicide is the first step. Then seeking help is the next step. Engaging with a Clinical Psychologist directly or via a person’s Doctor, under the Better Access Initiative in Australia (Using Medicare), are ways to get psychological information, counselling, and support services underway. You can contact Swan Valley Psychology Centre online, by phone or email.
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