Bipolar Mood Disorder

 Written by Dr Barbara Pierce (Adult Psychiatrist)

Bipolar Mood Disorder (BMD), also known as manic depression, is a mental and physical illness characterised by extreme mood swings with changes in energy and behaviour that seriously impedes your ability to function normally.

There are many illnesses in which mood swings can be prevalent, but not everyone with mood swings has BMD. This is why it is so important to see an experienced clinician so that you can be properly assessed and an accurate diagnosis be made. Continue reading

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a way of dealing with anxiety

Written By Trix O’Callaghan (Counselling Psychologist) 

Anxiety can cloud your world view and distort your thinking.  It can sap the joy and pleasure from life.  Everyone feels anxious from time to time.  But when it starts interfering with your functioning, it is time to take action.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an established way of dealing with anxiety.   The basis of CBT asserts that cognitions (the way you think about/interpret events) influences the way you feel and behave.    When your thinking is distorted, it does not accurately reflect, predict or describe what is going on.  CBT teaches you how healthier beliefs and behaviours can bring you more positive results.

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Symptoms & Signs of Anxiety

Written by Dr Barbara Pierce (Adult Psychiatrist)

What are the symptoms and signs of anxiety? How will you be able to recognise if you are anxious? And what can you do about it? The following article will help to answer these questions.

It is important to remember that anxiety is a normal emotion experienced by everyone at certain times. It is an essential emotion or else we would all lie around doing very little! It only becomes a problem when the anxiety you experience is severe, chronic and disabling.

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