Mental health is a unique experience for each person with a diverse array of underlying causes and symptoms. With professional therapeutic support, recovery from a mental health condition is possible and individuals can experience fullness of life once again.
Depression affects one in five Australian’s each year, which is almost five million people. Depression has many forms, and a large variety of symptoms. An individual experiencing depression is typically characterised by ongoing feelings of sadness, loneliness or apathy towards many (if not all) areas of life.
Anxiety conditions are one of the most widespread mental health conditions in Australia, affecting almost one in seven people each year, and one in four people in their lifetime. Anxiety conditions are not often developed by a single cause, but often by numerous “triggers” or experiences that are left unresolved.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety condition that affects 2% of Australian’s each year. Although the condition can emerge at any stage of life, a significant proportion of individuals with OCD begin recognising their symptoms of obsession and/or compulsion during adolescence. There are a diverse number of contributing factors to the development of obsessive compulsive disorder, and with proper professional support, OCD is manageable and recovery is possible.
Bipolar disorder is a complex condition, and can be quite troubling to those who experience its highs and lows. Bipolar disorder is characterised by dramatic swings in mood, where people may experience extreme mania and deep depression – sometimes within hours or as long as months.
Mental health conditions are widespread, with up to 85% of individuals experiencing some form of diagnosable mental health condition in their lifetime.