As humans, it’s completely normal for our moods to shift and change as we respond and adapt to life’s many challenges. Feelings of sadness, moodiness or feeling “low” are common experiences, however some of us are unable to regulate our moods, or may feel intensely sad or low for a prolonged period of time.
Depression is experienced by many of us – 1 in 16 Australians each year. It causes a low mood that doesn’t fade with time and can severely affect how we cope and live our day-to-day lives. Those suffering from depression are often very sad, teary and withdrawn, and may experience a lack of motivation, feelings of numbness or hopelessness, isolation, self-blame, unjustified exhaustion, guilt or anger.
Bipolar differs from depression in that its sufferers can experience extreme mood fluctuations – between feelings of euphoria and very low moods. Bipolar affects our ability to function in daily life, can make it difficult to cope, and generally requires long-term treatment. With treatment and support, we can help you manage symptoms and maintain a good quality of life.
The types of mood disorders we can help you through include:
- Feeling flat or low
- Bipolar disorder
- Perinatal and postnatal depression
- Seasonal affective disorder