Bipolar Disorder

Previously known as manic depression, this disorder is characterised by unexplained and dramatic mood changes that may not be connected to events in the individual’s life. It is a diagnosable illness that affects the brain’s normal function. Around 2% of Australian men and women experience bipolar at some point in their lives.

Around 2% of Australian men and women experience bipolar at some point in their lives

Symptoms

Bipolar symptoms overlap heavily with the symptoms of depression, but also of mania, which describes the ‘high’ end of the mood swing. Symptoms may include:

  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Spending less time with friends and family
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Loss of interest in things that are usually pleasurable; interchanged with:
  • Over-activity
  • Recklessness
  • Rapid speech and thought
  • Hallucinations or delusions

 

Treatment

Treatment for bipolar usually involves a combination of medication and counselling. The medication is designed to correct chemical imbalances in the brain, while counselling helps change negative thoughts and feelings and reduces the likelihood of recurring symptoms.

How Delmont can help?

  • If an individual has a psychiatric concern, they may be referred to see one of our specialists in the consulting suites.
  • The Day Program provides therapy, relaxation classes and other group-based activities designed to support group mental health.
  • If it is established that the patients require full support, they can be then admitted as an inpatient.

Why Delmont

With over 40 years experience and an experienced multi disciplinary team at Delmont Private, our goal is to enable individuals with mental health concerns to gain a greater understanding of themselves and their difficulties in a safe relaxed and professional environment.  All patients are our highest priority.  Our holistic approach to treatment promotes long-term health and quality of life.

Your privacy and confidentiality are maintained at all times.

Need Help?

Visit your local GP or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 - More