Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental health conditions, also known as mental disorders or mental illnesses, are a broad range of conditions that affect a person's thoughts, emotions, behaviour, and overall mental well-being.
These conditions can vary in severity and interfere with daily functioning, relationships, and quality of life.

What to Expect

Our team are well-versed in a range of mental health challenges, such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Substance abuse

Treatment options for mental health conditions

With knowledgeable mental health GPs the compassionate team at Kirrawee Doctors offers a range of treatment options tailored to your unique needs, including a GP mental health plan. The team can also provide referrals to relevant mental health services if required.

Please keep in mind that the following detailed treatment descriptions are for your knowledge only prior to scheduling a mental health consult with one of our experienced mental health doctors. It is not recommended to try prescribed treatments without prior medical guidance.

Psychotherapy involves working with a trained mental health doctor to address emotional and psychological issues. Various forms of psychotherapy include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviours. It is effective for conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.
  • Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT): A form of CT that focuses on emotional regulation, mindfulness, and developing healthy coping mechanisms. It is particularly useful for borderline personality disorder.
  • Psychodynamic Therapy: Explores unconscious patterns and early life experiences to understand current behaviour and emotions.
  • Humanistic Therapy: Emphasises personal growth and self-actualisation. It includes approaches like client-centred therapy.
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): Focuses on improving interpersonal relationships and social functioning to help reduce symptoms of depression.

Medication can help manage symptoms of mental health conditions, making it easier to engage in other forms of treatment. Types of medications include:

  • Antidepressants: Used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, and some other conditions.
  • Anxiolytics: Can be used for treating panic disorders and anxiety.
  • Mood Stabilisers: Often used for bipolar disorder to manage mood swings.
  • Antipsychotics: Used for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe depression. They help manage symptoms like delusions and hallucinations.

Stimulants: Commonly prescribed for ADHD to improve focus and attention.

Lifestyle changes can significantly impact mental health and overall well-being. Key areas include:

  • Physical Activity: Regular exercise can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve mood, and enhance overall health.
  • Diet and Nutrition: A balanced diet rich in nutrients can support brain health and influence mood. Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins are particularly beneficial.
  • Sleep Hygiene: Techniques like mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation exercises can reduce stress levels.
  • Substance Use: Reducing or eliminating the use of alcohol and recreational drugs can improve mental health outcomes.

Support groups offer a space for individuals to share experiences and receive support from others facing similar challenges. Benefits include:

  • Peer Support: Engaging with others who understand similar struggles can reduce feelings of isolation and provide encouragement.
  • Shared Resources: Participants can share coping strategies, resources, and advice.
  • Structured Programs: Many support groups follow structured programs like those offered by organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
  • Professional Facilitation: Some groups are led by trained professionals who can provide additional guidance and support.

When to Book an Appointment

Don’t suffer in silence. If you are concerned about your mental health, book a mental health consult with Kirrawee Doctors as soon as you can. Our team provide a supportive and welcoming environment for all your mental health needs.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for immediate support.

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