The severity of mood and anxiety disorders may range from being brief or episodic, to being persistent and disabling.
Mood disorders may include depression or bi-polar disorder. These disorders are more than just feeling low or having mood swings.
Anxiety disorders are characterised by anxiety attacks, feelings of panic and some phobias like social and agoraphobia. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are also anxiety related disorders.
Mood and anxiety disorders are amongst the most common health conditions in the world. It is therefore important to educate individuals, family and carers about these conditions and the need to seek treatment.
Following assessment, patients commence treatment in the Mood or Anxiety Program. These are group based psycho-educational programs which provide skills, techniques and strategies to understand and manage these disorders. While there is a strong focus on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), these sessions also include relaxation and mindfulness techniques.