Providing a Range of Professional and Affordable Treatments for Mood, Anxiety and Trauma Disorders
Three common mood disorders are depression, perinatal depression and bipolar disorder. Kathryn Munro Psychology provides professional, confidential and caring help for each of the following disorders.
Depression is intense feelings of being ‘down’ or ‘low’, is a common emotional state that most people have experienced at some time in their lives. However, depression becomes an illness when this mood state of feeling ‘down’ is severe, comes on for no reason, lasts for more than two weeks and interferes with your day-to-day functioning at home or work.
Perinatal Depression (Post-natal Depression) is another common mood disorder. Many mothers will experience anxiety, sleeping difficulties and mood swings in the first week of the birth of a baby, and these ‘baby blues’ will generally decrease after a few weeks. However, some mothers find that these symptoms increase and become more severe and intensified – this can be a sign of post-natal depression.
Bipolar disorder is where the person experiences severe ‘mood swings’, which can oscillate from feelings of manic ‘highs’ and psychotic experiences to feelings of severe depression. Bipolar disorder must be treated both medically and with psychological intervention. We can work with your GP to provide the required psychological help with this disorder.
Anxiety disorders such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), social phobias, panic attacks, health anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are conditions that affect many people’s functioning in their day-to-day life. Kathryn Munro Psychology has the services and experience to help you live your life with less worry and anxiety.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is when a person feels anxious and worried about a range of things for an extended period of time, usually six months or longer.
Specific Phobia people specific phobia experience extreme anxiety and fear if exposed to a particular feared object or situation. Common phobias include fear of flying, spiders and other animals, heights or small spaces.
Panic Disorders are an overwhelming ‘attack’ of anxiety. Panic attacks can be so intense that many describe it as if they are having a heart attack. Symptoms include chest pain, dizziness and shortness of breath. You could be experiencing an anxiety disorder that requires intervention if these attacks continue for over a month, or if the worry of having an attack is intensely persistent.
Agoraphobia involves intense anxiety following exposure to, or anticipation of, a variety of situations such as public transportation, open spaces, crowds, or being outside of the home alone.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition where a person has unwanted recurring thoughts and fears that they try to relieve by performing a repetitive ritual or behaviour, such as a fear of germs leading to constant and excessive washing of hands.
Social Anxiety Disorder involves feelings of very deep, intense fears of being embarrassed, criticised or even humiliated in everyday situations with other people. These social fears can include things like public speaking, communicating with strangers and being assertive at work.
Trauma disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and childhood trauma are another group of conditions that can have an adverse effect on living a happy, healthy life. Kathryn Munro Psychology has the experience and the treatment plan to help get you through a traumatic event.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a set of emotional reactions, such as sadness, fear, anger, guilt and grief, that can develop after someone has experienced a traumatic event. These can include a range of events that have posed a threat to life, including war, natural disaster, serious accidents and physical or sexual assault. In general, these feelings resolve themselves over time, but if re-living the traumatic event, feelings of being ‘wound up’, avoiding reminders of the event or negative thoughts and feelings persist, they may have developed PTSD.
Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) involves the person experiencing severe anxiety after a month of being exposed to a traumatic event. Some of the symptoms are a decreased ability to experience pleasure in enjoyable activities and feelings of guilt about day-to-day life tasks.
Childhood trauma is another specialised treatment offered. Around two thirds of children will experience a traumatic event by the age of 16. These traumatic events can include serious accidents, physical or sexual assaults and exposure to natural disasters and wars. Most children will improve with the support of their family and friends, but some can develop PTSD symptoms which require the intervention of a professional counselling service to help them get the child back on track emotionally.
Kathryn Munro Psychology provides professional counselling services to help with mood, anxiety and trauma disorders in a caring environment and with affordable rates. We can discuss the specific types of counselling services available that can help manage each condition.
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Kathryn Munro Psychology
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- Workplace Accidents and Conflict
- Adjustment Issues
- Life Stress
- Anger Management
- Communication Issues
- Low Self-Esteem