Most people experience anxiety at some point in their life. However, when anxiety gets out of control and starts to affect your personal life and/or work for a longer duration, it’s called anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder affects one in three people in Australia and New Zealand at some point in their lives. Recovery from anxiety disorders is possible with right support, diagnosis and treatment. This journey to recovery can be made easy with high quality psychological and psychiatric treatment, which our professionals will help you with.
Psychosis is a mental health condition that affects various parts of brain function. People with psychosis experience a disturbance in their thoughts and/or perception of what is real and what is not. This can include hallucinations, hearing / seeing / feeling things that are not there and/or delusions, having firm beliefs that may not be there. Psychotic symptoms can be short-lasting but if they persist for a long period of time, the condition is called Schizophrenia. Prompt diagnosis, effective treatment and ongoing support can help people lead fully functioning lives despite this condition.
Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health condition that impacts on people’s relationships with others in personal, social and work life. In this condition people struggle to have healthy thoughts about themselves, to control their emotions and often engage in impulsive behaviors, which leads to distress. Research suggests that people start to develop Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms in adolescence and for some people these may persist into adult life. People with Borderline Personality Disorder can achieve better outcomes in their life with right diagnosis, safe and responsive care and structured psychological therapies that our professionals can help you with.
Depression and other mood disorders, like bipolar disorder, can produce lasting changes in a person’s mood and quality of life. These disorders can impact on people’s jobs, studies, family life and ability to look after themselves. Mood disorders can have different signs and symptoms in teenagers and young people. General Practitioners often provide initial support, treatment and advice on the need of referral to specialist in private or public setting. Moderate to severe mood disorders are likely to require a combination of psychological therapy and medication, which our professionals will be able to help you with.
Adult ADHD is a neuro-developmental disorder which can lead to people experiencing attentional difficulties, hyperactivity, impulsivity and/or emotional dysregulation. ADHD is often diagnosed in the childhood but a number of people continue to experience symptoms when they reach adulthood. Diagnosis of ADHD in childhood varies across countries but research indicates that at population level 4-5% of children and 2-3% of adults experience symptoms of ADHD that severely affect their day-to-day functioning. Many people who were not diagnosed with ADHD in childhood seek help when they become adults.
Symptoms of Adult ADHD are more on the spectrum of attention deficit than hyperactivity. These attentional difficulties often lead to emotional dysregulation or impulsive behaviours. The biggest challenge to an accurate diagnosis of adult ADHD is that a number of other mental disorders can also cause impairment of attention and concentration. It is important to seek professional opinion because if not managed adequately Adult ADHD could lead to under achievement, anxiety, depression and or substance use disorders.
Approaching a GP for a Mental Health Care Plan for an appointment with a Psychiatrist:
Contact your local GP Practice to schedule an appointment for a double consultation with the doctor for a Mental Health Care Plan assessment.
For a first appointment, it is highly important to bring your Mental Health Care Plan along with you.
Depending on your eligibility, you can contact us on 03 9193 8502 to schedule an appointment.
In a situation where you are ineligible for Mental Health Care Plan, you may pay for the services privately or if applicable, make use of Private Health Insurance. If you are still unsure, kindly contact us to help you through different options if applicable.
Review your concerns with your GP and be sure he or her complete a Mental Health Care Plan (depending on your eligibility) so as to receive Medicare rebate & access psychological services.
Print a copy of the details of your preferred clinician and discuss with your local GP.