Conditions Treated

 
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Depression

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed

  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain 

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue

  • Feeling worthless or guilty

  • Concentration & Memory Problems 

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

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Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress.  Anxiety disorders are common and involve excessive fear or anxiety.


Common Features:

  • Feeling nervous, tense or rushed

  • A sense of panic or doom

  • Breathing fast, palpitations, sweating, shaking, fatigue

  • Concentration Problems

  • Having trouble sleeping

  • Uncontrollable worry

  • Avoiding certain situations 

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterised by extreme mood swings that include emotional manic or hypomanic highs and depressive (see above for symptoms) lows. 

Features of Mania:

  • Racing thoughts

  • Grandiose beliefs

  • Elation or euphoria

  • Irritability

  • Risk taking behaviour

  • Increased sexual desire

  • Increased talking speed or volume

  • Markedly increased energy

  • Poor judgment

  • A decreased need for sleep

Hypomania is a less severe form of these symptoms.

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems functioning in everyday life.


It includes a pattern of unstable intense relationships, distorted self-image, extreme emotions and impulsiveness.


Features Include:

  • An intense fear of abandonment

  • A pattern of unstable intense relationships

  • Rapid changes in self-identity and self-image

  • Periods of stress-related paranoia

  • Impulsive and risky behavior, such as gambling, reckless driving, unsafe sex, spending sprees, binge eating or drug abuse

  • Suicidal threats or behavior or self-injury

  • Wide mood swings lasting from a few hours to a few days

  • Ongoing feelings of emptiness

  • Inappropriate, intense anger

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Substance Misuse

Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. 

Features include:

  • Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly

  • Having intense urges for the drug that block out any other thoughts

  • Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect

  • Taking larger amounts of the drug over a longer period of time than you intended

  • Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug

  • Spending money on the drug, even though you can't afford it

  • Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities

  • Continuing to use the drug, even though you know it's causing problems in your life or causing you physical or psychological harm

  • Doing things to get the drug that you normally wouldn't do, such as stealing

  • Driving or doing other risky activities when you're under the influence of the drug

  • Spending a good deal of time getting the drug, using the drug or recovering from the effects of the drug

  • Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug

  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking the drug

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Adult ADHD

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems.

Symptoms Include:

  • Lack of Focus

  • Disorganisation

  • Time Management Problems

  • Forgetfulness

  • Impulsivity

  • Moodiness

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship discord

  • Substance Misuse

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Child & Adolescent Conditions

I assess and manage wide range of Child & Adolescent conditions including :

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • ADHD

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders

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Dementia

Dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning.  Depending on the cause, some dementia symptoms can be reversed.

Symptoms Include:

  • Memory loss

  • Difficulty communicating or finding words

  • Difficulty reasoning or problem-solving

  • Difficulty handling complex tasks

  • Difficulty with planning and organising

  • Difficulty with coordination and motor functions

  • Confusion and disorientation

In addition, there can be changes in personality, mood changes, anxiety, hallucinations and delusions.