Depression is a common mental health condition which is estimated to affect over 250 million worldwide. It is characterised by feelings of persistent intense sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities. These symptoms get in the way of a person’s ability to carry out everyday functions.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD, Clinical Depression) is a mental health disorder manifest by episodes of psychological depression.  It occurs more commonly in females aged between 15-45 and is treatable by a medical professional (Psychiatrist). If untreated MDD is potentially dangerous or life threatening (suicide) and healthcare providers usually recommend referral to a psychiatrist for assessment and URGENT medical attention

Dysthymic Disorder (Persistent Depressive Disorder) is a chronic form of depression which is treatable by medical professionals (Psychiatrists).  It is more common in females and can last several months or years and may sometimes require laboratory tests to establish a diagnosis.  The condition can run in families.

Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Illness) is a serious mental illness characterised by extreme mood swings. The condition is manifest by episodes of extreme excitement (mania) and / or extreme episodes or depressive feelings   

Most common between the ages of 18-35 bipolar disorder affects both men and women almost equally and can last several years or even be a lifelong problem.  It can run in families and is treatable by medical professionals / psychiatrists.

Borderline Personality Disorder (Emotional Dysregulation Disorder) is a mental disorder characterised by instability in mood, behaviour, and functioning.  It is treatable by medical professionals / psychiatrists and can last for several years (possibly lifelong). 

 

Common symptoms include a distorted self image, feelings of isolation, boredom and emptiness, sudden and severe mood swings, feelings of anxiety, loss of interest, delusions and sometimes suicidal thoughts. 

 

At the Specialist Medical Clinic our team of healthcare professionals are specialists in the management of most mental health disorders.  If you would like to book an appointment please contact the clinic.  

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