So much has been said and written about depression in the last 10 years that it is difficult to think of a different angle.
However, public and private care seems to be uncoordinated and one still struggles to find a one-stop point for diagnosis and management of depression in Melbourne offering “the right person” and “the right treatment”.
The Melbourne MediBrain Centre offers exactly that.
The psychiatrists and all ancillary staff at Melbourne MediBrain Centre feel passionately about providing state of the art comprehensive treatment of depression.
We provide individual treatment sessions, day treatment programmes, integrative medicine options for depression, AVE, hormonal treatments.
We have special interest in the differences in which depression presents itself in women and in men and appreciate the interrelationship between depression and
- Substance Abuse
- Memory Problems
- Marital Difficulties
- Medicolegal Problems
- Sleep Problems
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Bipolar Disorder
Symptoms of depression include :
- depressed mood,
- sleep problems,
- decreased appetite,
- loss of pleasure,
- feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness,
- memory problems.
Women often become anxious, men become angry. Both can turn to gambling.
Of course, one is always concerned about suicidal thoughts and potential for suicide in anyone suffering from depressive illness, but especially in adolescents.
Causes of depression are thought to be a combination of genetic influences contributing to neurobiological imbalance and a “malfunctioning” of the “emotional system” causing the manifestation of depressive symptoms usually in times of stress.
If you’ve been feeling low or down about things, take this short test to find out if you’re suffering from depression.
Treatment consists of a combination of:
- therapy (this may be a form of psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy or combination of both),
- day treatment programmes,
- lifestyle modifications,
and a range of alternative therapies that may be helpful.
Attention should also be given to hormonal and other medical problems that may contribute to the depressive illness.
Dr. Natalie Krapivensky completed her PhD on the topic of the interplay between hormones and psychiatric illness and has particular interest in the impact of hormones on mental state and mood.
This has particular implications for women at the time of menopause, during reproductive life, pregnancy and post-partum illness. There is also significant hormonal contribution to mood in diabetes, thyroid disease, adrenal problems, cortisol abnormalities and DHEA (dihydroepiandrostenedione).
Men, of course, also go through hormonal changes which may well be associated with mood and memory problems.