Mood disorders

Major Depression – More Than Just Feeling Blue

Photo by Jack Lucas Smith on Unsplash   Nowadays, people may use the word depression to colloquially describe several different feelings. These may include sadness, feeling down or upset, lethargy, or even a loss of motivation or care. Unsurprisingly, many people make these complaints, as the literature suggests that 20% of people experience some period […]

Understanding Your Thoughts

Understanding Your Thoughts Simply put, thoughts are our opinions and beliefs about ourselves, others and the world around us. Thoughts can be experienced in different ways. Some of us think in the form of ‘words’, images/pictures, or even both. We all have that ‘voice’ in our head that helps us process events that are unfolding […]

Dealing with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder characterized by episodes of depression and mania. You may know this condition by its former title, “manic-depression”. Like any physical health condition, sharing a diagnosis of a mental health condition with family and friends is of paramount importance. Given the nature of bipolar disorder, where depressive episodes may contribute […]

Post Natal Depression

Postnatal depression (PND) is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby. It usually affects mothers after giving birth although it can also affect fathers and partners (though this is much less common). Research suggests that up to 1 in 10 new mothers suffer from PND.  Symptoms of Postnatal Depression Many women […]

Coping with Bereavement

Bereavement affects people in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. Experts generally accept that people usually move through four stages of bereavement:  accepting that your loss is real experiencing the pain of grief adjusting to life without the person who has died  putting less emotional energy into grieving and putting it into something […]