Depression Treatment & Bipolar Disorder Treatment

What is depression?

Clinical depression/major depression is a curable condition. Depression treatment is most effective when utilised early. However, the most common barrier to seeking help is the failure to recognise it. Experiencing mood swings is natural. However, it becomes a problem when the feeling of sadness persists for weeks and prevents you from focusing on your job, studies, or your social life. Depression can last for weeks, months or even a lifetime depending on the severity of your condition. Depression is likely to be multifactorial illness. Genes may play a big role in its causation, as is stress and trauma. On average more than 1 in 5 people will suffer from depression at some point in their life. Depression, just like a physical illness, can be treated. It is common to experience a poor response to one or two medication trials, this may cause feelings of frustration and helplessness. However, by consulting with a psychiatrist will help you understand the reasons behind the lack of treatment response and will explore your treatment options. Psychiatrists here at Mindoc, treat depression using medications called anti-depressants or medication-free options such as psychotherapy or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).Treatment of depression is usually effective and most people who receive depression treatment will be able to return back to their normal life within weeks.

How to treat Depression

Most people understand depression as natural and seek natural remedies first. Some try to make lifestyle changes or enter psychotherapy (counselling). Depression help is available but the choices can be confusing.  In a nutshell, depression treatment may involve use of various modalities in isolation or in combination. It depends on the needs of the individual but can include therapy sessions, anti-depressant medication (depression pills) and lifestyle changes.

Do you live in Melbourne, Glen Waverly, Clayton, Rowville, Ringwood, Dandenong or nearby suburbs and have depression, it is advisable to speak to a  Psychiatrist to know your treatment options.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

What is Bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is an extreme variant of  normal fluctuations in mood. It is a disorder that is associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. There can be more than one cause for bipolar disorder such as genes, stress and use of illicit substances. Around 1 in every 100 people will have bipolar disorder (I or II) during their life. Bipolar  disorder is a lifelong condition, although, with the right treatment the symptoms can be well controlled. Your psychiatrist may help you with diagnosing the condition and giving recommendations for treatment of  manic or depressive phase of illness. The psychiatrist may also assist you with making decisions about  prophylactic treatment or  discontinuation of medication.

Seeking Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

While bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, mood swings can be managed through adhering to a treatment plan. Treatment options for bipolar disorder include medication and psychological counselling.

If you suspect you might suffer from bipolar disorder and If you live in Melbourne, Glen Waverly, Clayton, Rowville, Ringwood, Dandenong or nearby suburbs and wish to enquire about treatment options, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Requirements for making appointments

To book a consultation with Mindoc you must be an adult and need a current referral from your general practitioner. Consultations are by appointment only.

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